Alda man arrested, accused of pointing gun at Grand Island protester
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Alda man arrested, accused of pointing gun at Grand Island protester

Grand Island protest

Protesters react to honking cars Tuesday evening on the corner of First and Walnut streets in Grand Island during a peaceful demonstration sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

GRAND ISLAND — Police have arrested an Alda man accused of pointing a gun at a protester in Grand Island.

The incident happened Tuesday night after protesters had gathered in a Grand Island business parking lot, police said in a news release. Bobby Williamson, 42, drove by the protest and pointed a gun at a 31-year-old man participating in the protest, police said. Witnesses corroborated the incident, police said.

The protest was one of hundreds that have been held across the country since the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis officer jammed a knee into his neck.

Williamson’s car was quickly stopped by police who were monitoring the protest, and three guns — including one reported stolen from Grand Island — and ammunition were found inside, police said. None of the guns were loaded, police said.

Williamson faces charges of making terroristic threats, possession of a stolen firearm and a weapons-use count.

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Protests in cities across Nebraska

Protesters took to the streets in Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff as well as Lincoln and Omaha.

One of Omaha’s busiest intersections was shut down Friday evening as thousands of people took to the streets to protest the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd. The protest started peacefully but devolved as the night wore on, as police fired tear gas on protesters, and some vandals threw rocks at nearby businesses. 


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