Transparency.

That's the promise from the newly appointed special prosecutor in Omaha who will lead a grand jury investigation into the emotionally charged death of a young black man at the hands of a white bar owner.

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Frederick Franklin is a former federal prosecutor, who says he is uniquely qualified to handle the case of 22-year-old James Scurlock, who was shot and killed during the recent George Floyd protests in the Old Market.

The gunman was Jake Gardner who, according to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, acted in self-defense.

But Kleine’s decision was followed by a mountain of complaints leading Kleine to agree to the special prosecutor and a fresh set of eyes from a 16 member grand jury, which meets in strict secrecy.

Franklin tells News Channel Nebraska if the grand jury does not indict he intends to issue a full report on the proceedings.

The 63-year-old Franklin hopes to take the case to the grand jury by August.