After a week of investigating 15 separate incidents of people dying while being apprehended by law enforcement or in law enforcement custody, a grand jury found no evidence of criminal conduct.

According to a press release from the Douglas County District Court, the jury convened on each case, found no wrongdoing and issued a no true bill for each, asking the court to dismiss any charges.

The deaths included the high-profile case of Kenneth Jones, 35, who police pulled from a car and shot to death in the span of a minute and seven seconds in November.

Chief Todd Schmaderer said at the time officers actions were justified. Jones was not obeying police orders to exit a vehicle during a traffic stop at around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2020. When police broke the car’s window and pulled Jones to the street, officers said Jones had a gun in his waistband.

After a brief struggle, OPD officer Dan Faulkner backed away shouting “He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun. And “Gun. Gun. Gun,” according to Schmaderer. No footage has been released by OPD Faulkner fired four shots believing Jones was ready to shoot him. Jones was transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Other names include Michael Truscott, Terrance Newsome, Jessica Wolfe, Robert Jensen, Jesus Munoz, Carmichael Elya, Terry Hudson, Brittany Madson, Ryan Kortus, Calvin Strong, Domonique Allen, Bentley Bruckner, Trista Schaefer and Daniel Walton.

Transcripts of the proceedings as well as any exhibits examined by the grand jury will be released once transcripts are completed.

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Chris Bowling

Chris has worked for The Reader since January 2020. As an investigative reporter and news editor he’s taken deep dives into topics such as police transparency, affordable housing and COVID-19. Originally...

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