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“It was their brother, his son, that lost his life,” he said. “It’s also kind of a disappointment, a reminder, that it was a tale of two cities.”

If you’re Black growing up in Omaha, Wayne said, you don’t get the benefit of the doubt.

“While this family is thankful,” he said, “this family is also frustrated that it took this process to occur.”

Wayne called Kleine’s decision not to charge Gardner “a rush to judgment” and a double standard.

“My clients get charged and they sort it out later,” Wayne said.

Kleine disagreed, saying his office must make difficult charging decisions, often on deadline. By law, police can hold a suspect for only 48 to 72 hours before prosecutors must decide whether to charge or release.

Franklin said he has known Kleine and his chief deputy, Brenda Beadle, for 25 years and said “there is nothing about what this grand jury has done that should be taken as some sort of a knock, or an indictment against (them).”

“These are not easy decisions,” Kleine said Tuesday. “We make them on a daily basis. When you’re talking about the death of an individual, there’s a lot of emotions, a lot of things that come into play. … We petitioned for this grand jury; we were not afraid of it. They made a decision and we’ll see what happens.”

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