Former Nebraska bar owner Jake Gardner, who was white, committed suicide after being charged with manslaughter and other offenses. He shot and killed 22-year-old James Scurlock, who was Black, last May.
Now, Gardner’s parents are suing prosecutors, saying that their son killed himself because of claims that he was racist. They filed their lawsuit against the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, and want money for compensatory and punitive damages, reporters say.
The fatal shooting followed George Floyd’s May 25 death, when the former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, suffocated Floyd with his knee. Chauvin, who has since been convicted and sentenced to more than 22 years behind bars, sparked protests at the time.
So far, the family’s lawsuit has been dubbed as “unfounded.”