Police mistakenly kill black man… again
A security guard was shot dead by the police as he held down a suspect in a shooting at the bar where he worked.
Early in the morning of November 11, a group of drunken men was asked to leave Manny’s Blue Room, a bar in Robbins, Illinois. A few minutes later, witnesses said, shots rang out from a member of the group who returned after being kicked out.
Jemel Roberson, 26, was working as a security guard that morning and was armed at the time. He immediately reacted to the shooting by holding down a suspect. According to witnesses, Roberson grabbed one of the men, held him down and waited for police.
“He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, ‘Don’t move,’” witness Adam Harris said.
Officers from several agencies responded to the shooting, but it was a Midlothian police officer who shot Jemel Roberson as an armed person at the scene. Jemel later died at a hospital.
“Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security!’ He was a security guard,” Harris said. “And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him.”
Midlothian Police Chief Dan Delaney confirmed the shooting, telling reporters, “A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting.” The department said the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force would investigate the shooting in order to “ensure transparency and maintain public trust.”
Friends and family of the killed said Roberson was an upstanding guy who was also a musician, playing keyboard and drums at several Chicago-area churches, who had plans to become a police officer.
“The very people that he wanted to be family with took his life,” Patricia Hill, the pastor of Purposed Hill in Chicago, told WGN-TV. “We’re all just broken because we have no answers.”
Not only is family seeking answers, but several Twitter users as well:
Cops shoot armed security guard who is literally saving bar patron's lives by subduing active shooter. Why?#JemelRoberson was a black man w/ a gun. And a "good guy w/ a gun."— When can we vote again? (@mlapson) November 12, 2018
Everyone knows which they saw first. Shoot first, ask questions later.
This fucking system is so broken https://t.co/60LAdlVoez
Hey cnn. Why not talk about #JemelRoberson— James Fairfield⚘ (@JamesFairfiel10) November 12, 2018
A man shot and killed by police while on duty as security, and stopping another mass shooter.
This is heartbreaking. Where are the #2ndAmendment supporters showing their outrage?!! Where are all the #Republican and #Conservative people who have said arming bystanders is the answer?! #BlackLivesMatter #JemelRoberson #racism https://t.co/p1RLdCbcM9— Kelly Fairchild (@kellyfairchild2) November 12, 2018
So the security guard, Jemel Roberson, was able to apprehend the shooter WITHOUT KILLING HIM but a TRAINED FUCKING COP comes on the scene and MURDERS Jemel, the hero?? While witnesses were yelling that he was security?!? #Bullshit #JemelRoberson #MurderedByACop https://t.co/ttovIGdJxg— Lana Adames (@VerucaSalt41179) November 12, 2018
Innocent young brothers being murdered for no reason.— Millennial Motivation (@JuanVLopez) November 12, 2018
Where’s the outrage? Where’s the call for reform?
People love to talk when it’s convenient to their beliefs, but are MIA when the issue of human rights doesn’t look like what they want.
RIP #JemelRoberson ????????❤️ https://t.co/c7vOWbLQJl
He was doing his job!! Killed because he was black?? #JemelRoberson #SayHisName I'm an old, white woman, crying a mothers tears for her son, a sisters tears for her brother, a communities tears for her nation. How much black blood must be spilled to make it stop? #SayHisName https://t.co/MXmUIyC8QG— Constant Reader (@ineedanick) November 12, 2018
Jemel’s family had to create a GoFundMe campaign to collect donations to cover the burial expenses. They write:
Jemel Roberson was a young man who was greatly loved by all who knew him. He was the light of his mother Beatrice’s life, and was a devoted loving son. Jemel was a gifted basketball player and musician, and his love for God and his family were at the forefront of his life. Sadly, Jemel's life was tragically and unexpectedly cut short this morning as he tried to save others from senseless violence. Today, many remember him as a hero; one who put others before himself.
From August 2016 to May of this year, at least 378 black Americans have been killed by police.