The story below will make your blood boil. It’s one of many where law-abiding citizens end up charged for a crime after they were just trying to defend themselves against the violent rioters. Remember the McCloskey couple in St. Louis who were charged with a felony for brandishing their weapons on their property?
Does a charge of self-defense now depend on who the local DA is and if he caves to the mob?
After a Nebraska bar owner was given a self-defense verdict by the local DA, local pressure changed the verdict to much stronger charges that would lead to the suicide of the bar owner. This devastating story is one that could happen to any American who lives where the DA caves to the mob.
Omaha bar owner Jake Gardner was just trying to defend himself and his two bars from rioters when he shot and killed a man in self-defense. The photo below is of Gardner’s bar Gatsby & Hive.
The video below shows Gardner getting into a tussle with the man he eventually shot and killed in self-defense.
According to Omaha.com:
The paths of bar owner Jake Gardner and rioting vandal James Scurlock converged when Gardner and his father emerged from two bars Gardner owned near 12th and Harney Streets.
Though the streets were filled with police, protesters and bedlam, videos show that the confrontation boiled down to four people: Scurlock and his friend, Tucker Randall; and Gardner and his 69-year-old father.
Jake Gardner, a former Marine, had written on Facebook the weekend of May 30 that he was going to “pull military-style firewatch” at his bars.
As he, his father, and a bouncer sat inside the bar that Saturday night, they said they thought someone had shot out their windows.
No one had. Instead, surveillance images showed Scurlock and Randall with objects in their hands as they faced the front of Gardner’s bars, 15 minutes before the fateful encounter.
David Gardner began pushing a woman who was walking near the bar. Seeing this, Randall sprinted a half-block and shoved David Gardner to the ground.
That prompted Jake Gardner to rush to his father and look for the man who had decked him.
Scurlock then used his left hand to shove a man next to Jake Gardner.
Walking backward, Gardner flashed a gun in his waistband, briefly holding it down by his side. When he returned it to his waistband, a woman tackled him from behind. Randall said he had returned to the scene and was 2 feet away when Gardner, on his back in the street, fired what he called two warning shots. That caused both the woman and Randall to run off.
Three seconds later, as Gardner was rising from his knee, Scurlock jumped on his back and threw an arm around Gardner’s front. Gardner told police that Scurlock had him in a chokehold.
Both Gardner and his father repeatedly yelled at Scurlock to “Get off me” or “Get off him.” Eighteen seconds after Scurlock jumped on his back, Gardner switched the gun to his left hand and fired over his shoulder, killing Scurlock.
According to the Gateway Pundit, the rioters had been vandalizing other businesses including Gardner’s bar by breaking windows. Should a business owner try and protect his property from destruction or let the mob rule and destroy everything he’s worked for? The decision, in this case, sends a message that the mob should rule over the citizen who wants to defend themselves or their property from death and destruction.
Yahoo reports that with local threats of protests and outside pressure, the DA caved:
“Kleine said in a statement that after hearing from local residents and elected officials he would welcome an outside review ‘in this rare instance.’ He added, ‘I made a decision and I would not change that decision based on everything I know today,’”
This is the rioter that Gardner shot:
Manslaughter charges and three other charges were filed after a Special Council was appointed. This stunned Gardner and his attorneys. Gardner was suddenly facing up to 95 years in jail.
“The manslaughter charge, he said, is related to Scurlock’s death; the attempted assault charge resulted from the second warning shot Gardner fired; the charge of making terrorist threats is linked to ‘a verbal confrontation’ that Gardner had with Scurlock…”
Do American citizens have a right to defend themselves or their business from destruction and violence?
RIP Jake Gardner
Jake Gardner’s complete story with more details of how the tragic and wrongful charges happened: Omaha.com