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 this weekend

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

KEARNEY — About 75 people gathered at the Museum of Nebraska Art to kick off a marching protest calling for an end to police brutality and justice for George Floyd.

Traffic on South Locust Street was jammed Sunday night because of a peaceful protest staged in support of George Floyd and other victims of injustice.

The protests and demonstrations across the nation, sparked by the death of a black man in custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, reached North Platte Sunday.

PHOTOS: Scottsbluff demonstration 2020

Dozens of demonstrators walked the streets of Scottsbluff Sunday afternoon in an effort to bring awareness of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

KEARNEY — “They can’t breathe. #Black Lives Matter.”

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.