Protests erupt in Omaha after police fatally shoot Black man during traffic stop

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 while responding to a traffic stop.

Police spotted a car with four people inside stopped in the middle of the road without its hazard lights on, they said in statements.

The two officers involved in the stop, Dan Faulkner and Richard Martier, instructed all the people in the vehicle to put their hands up, police said.

The officers made the command as they walked to the vehicle.

Omaha police said in a Friday statement that the other three passengers complied with the order, but Jones did not.

The officers then used a flashlight to break the car window and open the door closest to Jones, who was not driving.

Police said the two officers struggled to get Jones out of the car. During the struggle, police claim to have seen a gun on Jones, and fired four shots at him.

Police said the officers involved in the incident found a gun “directly underneath” Jones after they shot him.

Police said after shooting Jones, the officers “yelled for him to show his hands,” even though he had fallen to the ground from the shots. Jones was brought to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he died.

ProBLAC, a progressive Omaha-based group that advocates for racial justice, condemned the killing of Jones saying “there is no probable cause for him to have been asked to exit the vehicle.”

People gathered outside the Omaha Police headquarters on Friday and Saturday night to protest Jones’ killing.

Police declared both protests “unlawful assemblies.” On Friday, they arrested a protester for “assault of an officer” after he allegedly shined a “laser light” on an officer’s face, and said they made similar arrests for “assault” on Saturday.