Omaha’s state of emergency will last 72 hours, and the curfew will go from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert could extend it with Omaha City Council approval. The curfew doesn’t apply to people going to and from work, medical personnel, the press, the homeless and some others.
For people who’d lived in Lincoln just a few years — or all their lives — they’d never seen anything quite like what happened late Saturday into early Sunday, many hours after a peaceful protest — that had wended its way through Lincoln — turned into a spree of vandalism.
Law enforcement gave multiple warnings to the downtown crowd Sunday night to disperse before slowly advancing on them in a line and eventually dispensing tear gas and flash canisters. The curfew went into effect at 8 p.m., and the Old Market crowd had largely dispersed by 10:30 p.m.
Jake Gardner, owner of The Hive bar near 12th and Harney Streets, will not be charged in the death of James Scurlock. Kleine, the Douglas County attorney, said he reviewed the evidence — and interviews with witnesses — and determined that Gardner had acted in self-defense.
Douglas County Attorney Kleine said that Jake Gardner previously had a concealed carry permit but that it had expired. Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit is a misdemeanor, but the law allows for some situations where having a concealed weapon would be justified.