Protests erupted in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday and Saturday after city police fatally shot a black man.
Omaha police killed Kenneth Jones, 35, on Thursday night in response to a traffic stop.
Police spotted a car with four people inside, stopped in the middle of the road without the lights on, according to their statements on Friday and Saturday. The two police officers at the station, Dan Faulkner and Richard Martier, instructed all people in the vehicle to raise their hands, police said, citing interviews with police officers and body camera footage not reviewed by NBC News. Police officers carry out the command as they approach the vehicle.
Faulkner and Martier could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday.
In a statement Friday, Omaha police said the other three passengers obeyed the order, but Jones did not comply, and then officers used a flashlight to break the car window and open the door closest to Jones, who was not driving. . Police said footage showed the two officers “fighting”
Police said that after Jones was shot, police officers “shouted at him to show his hands”, even though he fell to the ground from the shots. Jones was taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he died.
ProBLAC, an Omaha-based progressive group advocating for racial justice, condemned Jones’ murder in a statement posted on Twitter Friday, saying “there is no probable reason for him to be asked to get out of the vehicle.”
People gathered in front of Omaha Police Headquarters on Friday and Saturday nights to protest Jones’ murder.
ProBLAC organizer Peyton Zilla told the Obama World-Herald that “until (the police) prove she didn’t kill a black man, we won’t shut up – not at all.”
Police said both the protest for “illegal assembly”. On Friday, they arrested a protester for “attacking an officer” after he claimed to have emitted “laser light” on the officer’s face, and said they had made similar arrests for “assault” on Saturday.
Protesters told the Omaha World-Herald they had to go to hospital after being snatched and hit by police.