This is really inexcusable on the part of CBS News, but then again, it’s CBS News. Racial tensions are at the breaking point, people are getting killed, cities are on fire, and CBS News decides to do what it can to pour some gasoline on the flames with a really irresponsible headline.
A white bar owner in Omaha shot and killed a black protester. He won't face charges. https://t.co/2dFiEPRTzn
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 2, 2020
Wow, the white guy won’t face charges for shooting and killing a black protester? Is there any more to the story, Sophie Lewis?
James Scurlock, 22, was killed by Jacob Gardner, the owner of the Hive Bar and Gatsby Bar in Omaha’s Old Market neighborhood around midnight Saturday in the midst of protests against police brutality and George Floyd’s death.
The Douglas County Attorney’s Office determined Gardner acted in self-defense after interviewing the shooter and reviewing videos of the incident.
A grainy surveillance video of the shooting, played during the briefing, shows that Gardner backed up and pointed a gun after two people tackled him in the street. He initially fired two shots into the air that did not hit anyone.
After Scurlock jumped on his back, Gardner can be heard saying “get off me” many times before fatally shooting Scurlock once in the clavicle, Kleine said. Scurlock was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
“Mr. Gardner, as we know now, has said, ‘I did what I did to defend myself,’ and we find that we can’t disprove that from the evidence that we have,” Kleine said. In response to outrage on social media, Kleine added that there was not any “racial tone” to the conversations between Scurlock and Gardner.
CBS News was probably hoping to get its own George Floyd protests going, but it looks like people are reading past the headline.
The press is making things worse and they are doing it intentionally https://t.co/dWvpggBZDc
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) June 3, 2020
Absolutely. There is zero doubt in my mind many in the press are eagerly pouring lighter fluid all over any fires they find.
— Ellis Hugh (@ikeonic) June 3, 2020
This is inarguably the case. The media and the rest of the "resistance" will absolutely burn the cities to the ground to "prove" their righteousness. And then they'll go back to their suburban lives and wonder why nothing got fixed.
— Steve Soukup (@ThePolForum) June 3, 2020
They have been doing this for a long time. Much more blatantly over last decade.
— django.stone (@djangostone) June 3, 2020
Read: a man was attacked and defended himself
— Chugging (@Chuggin27295237) June 3, 2020
He won’t face charges because after reading the article in my opinion it was clearly self defense … 🤷🏻♂️
— Daniel Becker (@B1311Daniel) June 3, 2020
Journalists are the enemy of America
— Punished Billy (@NotaBilly219) June 3, 2020
They always do. They see it as their job and they will never apologize for it.
— John Sheridan (@JohnSheridan12) June 3, 2020
Understatement of the decade
— NumeroUnoYo (@NumeroUnoYo) June 3, 2020
Fact check: true.
— John J Rambo (@JohnJRamboEsq) June 3, 2020
Almost like they're enemies…of somebody…
— HoodlumDoodlum (@HoodlumDoodlum) June 3, 2020
We all see that. Let them expose themselves.
— Andrea Drew Kittell (@Andrea_Kittell) June 3, 2020
To foment rebellion you need a great marketing team, media, billboards, and lots of publicity stunts that writers can exploit.
— Charles Cook (@CookCharles) June 3, 2020
Media makes money from unrest and drama. They love to fan the flames of hate.
— GrumpyCat (@GrumpyC69750530) June 3, 2020
No the press said black and white. People will see that first instead of a person fighting for his life, two warning shots and still fighting for his life. Which one of these would infuriate more?
— @realsusanterrell (@realsusanterre1) June 3, 2020
I have seen posts about burning down this bar. So you attack the man and his business and then want him to live in fear for the rest of his life. Sounds like terrorism
— Beter VIII the Wise (@PeteBeter) June 3, 2020
You shouldn't be allowed to present news like this.
— Back the Blue! (@copsb4criminals) June 3, 2020
— Add your name (@corrcomm) June 2, 2020
Mainstream media with their race-baiting bullshit.
— NCMan77 (@Man77Nc) June 3, 2020
Keep fanning those racist flames.
The dead guy was a criminal.
Who cares what color he was?
— Me (@Keefer1958) June 3, 2020
You are a very large part of the problem.
Re-examine this headline, then go look in the mirror.
— NYINDEPENDENT🇺🇸 (@JONEEFRY) June 2, 2020
He should've allowed himself to be killed by an angry mob?
— China is lying (@jtLOL) June 2, 2020
Self defense is actually allowed here still.
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) June 3, 2020
Continue stroking the fires @CBSNews. What an irresponsible headline.
— Max (@Patriotnole) June 2, 2020
This negligent headline will literally incite violence. Shame on CBS News.
— Natasha (@Natluvscamping) June 2, 2020
Way to pour gas on the fire! Thanks, @CBSNews. Nice to know you've got America's back! 🔥🔥🔥🧱
— 🇺🇸Eric Carmen🇺🇸 (@RealEricCarmen) June 3, 2020
The bar owner was being physically attack by multiple rioters. If he hadn’t fired his weapon in self defense he would have been killed and the MSM wouldn’t have reported on it
— Joe (@jf5048) June 2, 2020
I'm from Omaha and know someone that witnessed it – the guy jumped on his back and went for his gun. The attorney's office also stated that they had every homicide detective review the case and they were all in consensus that it was self defense.
— Blake Fostvedt, CFA (@BFostvedtCFA) June 2, 2020
He should have just let himself get murdered, the racist.
— Lone Oak Republic™️ (@LoneOakRepublic) June 2, 2020
Unreal. And if the races were reversed, would it even have made the news, let alone the national news?
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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 3, 2020