Ricketts, pastor agree to work together after heated meeting with black leaders

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Ricketts, pastor agree to work together after heated meeting with black leaders

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Pastor Jarrod Parker met to reconcile and put an incident that’s sparked controversy behind them. Parker, of St. Mark Baptist Church in North Omaha, said he accepted what he believes to be Ricketts’ sincere apology during their 20-minute conversation.”We are at peace, and we’re looking forward for better things to come,” he said.On Monday, Parker posted a video on Facebook, describing a meeting with Ricketts, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and the city’s police chief. In the video, Parker said he heard Ricketts use the phrase “you people” in a heated discussion over the protests.Monday’s meeting came following two nights of unrest in Omaha and Lincoln, as well as the shooting death of James Scurlock, a black man who was shot killed during protests in the Old Market.”I know that my comments were heated and certainly tense. That moment was tense. We want to move beyond emotions now and get back to dialogue and working together,” Parker said.However, a new audio recording that surfaced Wednesday does not include the phrase “you people.” An anonymous poster uploaded the audio, which includes an unexplained gap at a critical point in the heated conversation. Ricketts’ office verified that the recording captured part of Monday’s discussion. Here is KETV Newswatch 7’s transcription of the audio recording:(Gov. Ricketts) : “I appreciate and I take that away from this conversation. We are talking about two different things in regard to safety. But, I absolutely object with the way you characterize the way I said safety, about … My safety, what I’m talking about, is making sure another young man doesn’t die because he gets shot by someone. That’s what I’m talking about, safety…”(1st Unidentified Voice) : “Don’t be trigger happy…”(AUDIO OMITTED)(Gov. Ricketts) : “Where the hell were all you guys when I was trying to help…”(2nd Unidentified voice) : “Excuse me? What did you just say?”(YELLING)The audio provided deletes a second of audio before Ricketts’ comment. KETV Newswatch 7 has not been able to verify why that omission has been made.Parker said the released audio does not provide the whole story and that he did hear Ricketts use the phrase “you people.””Again, I was close to the governor and I know what I heard. That may not have been heard by others, and that’s okay,” Parker said.KETV Newswatch 7 reached out to the governor’s office for comment on Wednesday’s meeting.Spokesperson Taylor Gage sent the following statement on behalf of Gov. Ricketts:”This morning, Governor Ricketts met briefly with Pastor Parker. The meeting was cordial and the Governor apologized again. The Governor also shared with Pastor Parker about the work he and his team are doing to create jobs and more opportunity for North and South Omaha.”

OMAHA, Neb. —

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Pastor Jarrod Parker met to reconcile and put an incident that’s sparked controversy behind them.

Parker, of St. Mark Baptist Church in North Omaha, said he accepted what he believes to be Ricketts’ sincere apology during their 20-minute conversation.

“We are at peace, and we’re looking forward for better things to come,” he said.

On Monday, Parker posted a video on Facebook, describing a meeting with Ricketts, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and the city’s police chief. In the video, Parker said he heard Ricketts use the phrase “you people” in a heated discussion over the protests.

Monday’s meeting came following two nights of unrest in Omaha and Lincoln, as well as the shooting death of James Scurlock, a black man who was shot killed during protests in the Old Market.

“I know that my comments were heated and certainly tense. That moment was tense. We want to move beyond emotions now and get back to dialogue and working together,” Parker said.

However, a new audio recording that surfaced Wednesday does not include the phrase “you people.” An anonymous poster uploaded the audio, which includes an unexplained gap at a critical point in the heated conversation. Ricketts’ office verified that the recording captured part of Monday’s discussion.

Here is KETV Newswatch 7’s transcription of the audio recording:

(Gov. Ricketts) : “I appreciate and I take that away from this conversation. We are talking about two different things in regard to safety. But, I absolutely object with the way you characterize the way I said safety, about [manage your laws]… My safety, what I’m talking about, is making sure another young man doesn’t die because he gets shot by someone. That’s what I’m talking about, safety…”

(1st Unidentified Voice) : [unintelligible] “Don’t be trigger happy…”

(AUDIO OMITTED)

(Gov. Ricketts) : “Where the hell were all you guys when I was trying to help…”

(2nd Unidentified voice) : “Excuse me? What did you just say?”

(YELLING)

The audio provided deletes a second of audio before Ricketts’ comment. KETV Newswatch 7 has not been able to verify why that omission has been made.

Parker said the released audio does not provide the whole story and that he did hear Ricketts use the phrase “you people.”

“Again, I was close to the governor and I know what I heard. That may not have been heard by others, and that’s okay,” Parker said.

KETV Newswatch 7 reached out to the governor’s office for comment on Wednesday’s meeting.

Spokesperson Taylor Gage sent the following statement on behalf of Gov. Ricketts:

“This morning, Governor Ricketts met briefly with Pastor Parker. The meeting was cordial and the Governor apologized again. The Governor also shared with Pastor Parker about the work he and his team are doing to create jobs and more opportunity for North and South Omaha.”