A black man stopped a mass shooting at a bar, police showed up to the bar, and shot him dead.
A White Midlothian police officer responded to a shooting inside a suburban bar in ROBBINS, Illonois, shot and killed a black man who stopped a mass shooting, claiming they made a mistake and shot the wrong person.
The Black man, a security guard, told a group of Drunken men who were causing trouble to leave Manny’s Blue Room Bar around 4 a.m. Witnesses say one of them came back with a gun and started to open fire inside of the bar.
Jemel Roberson, the 26 year old brave security guard, took his gun out and returned fire trying to protect the people inside the bar from the shooter. The security guard, not killing anyone, was able to subdue one of the men involved outside.
A witness, Adam Harris said,
He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, ‘Don’t move,'”
As he held the man down, he waited for the police to arrive so they could apprehend the man.
An officer showed up to the scene and opened fire on Roberson, killing him.
Adam Harris said,
Everybody was screaming out, “He was a security guard,” And they basically saw a black man with a gun and killed him.
Authorities said 4 people including the suspected shooter, sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Midlothian police, Chief Daniel Delaneyreleased a statement saying,
“A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting. The subject the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital,”
Everyone who knew Jemel said he was a wonderful soul, and was just a great person in every way. They said that he was also a musician, playing keyboard and drums at several Chicago-area churches.
The Reverend Patricia Hill of Purposed Church said,
“Every artist he’s ever played for every musician he’s ever sat beside, we’re all just broken because we have no answers. He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with, took his life.
The Reverend LeAundre Hill of Purposed Church said,
“Once again, it’s the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later,”
The Reverend is speaking about multiple police officers on unrelated cases having admitted they “shoot first, ask questions later” when it comes to black people.
Even police chiefs teach their police officers to do just that. Police Trainer Dave Grossman says his classes teach to “Shoot First, ask questions later”,
Grossman’s classes teach officers to be less hesitant to use lethal force, urge them to be willing to do it more quickly and teach them how to adopt the mentality of a warrior
In fact, on a different case, a Police Officer named Stephen Mader was fired from his job for not killing a Black man when he could have. Stephen Mader was fired after he didn’t “Shoot First, ask questions later”, when he refused to shoot a Black man who was suicidal with an unloaded gun.
A lot of police officers come into police forces with racist ideals, and are extremely trigger happy, and are in joy that they can “Shoot first, ask questions later”.
The State Police Public Integrity Task Force is investigating the police officers involved in the shooting, and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the original shooting.
Roberson’s family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday “for the wrongful death of Jemel,” according to their attorneys.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.