Black security guard killed by police after saving lives during a mass shooting

Written by on November 19, 2018

Black security guard killed by police after saving lives during a mass shooting

November 18, 2018
By: Neariah Judah

Jemel Roberson, 26, was working security when a gunman began shooting in a Chicago bar. Roberson stopped and subdued the gunman and had him pinned to the ground. Moment’s later Illinois state police arrived with guns drawn. Witnesses have stated that everyone began shouting “he’s a security guard.” Despite the witnesses identifying Roberson as a non-threat, officers drew their weapons and opened fire fatally shooting Roberson four times.

Not only was the police officer told Roberson was a security guard but was in his full uniform and had a hat that said security on it. The officer didn’t take a moment to survey and analyze the scene before opening fire. This is very similar to what happened in the murder of Tamir Rice when a police officer unloaded on him immediately after getting out the car.

This Washington Post article states, “The officer who killed Roberson “gave the armed subject multiple verbal commands to drop the gun and get on the ground” before he fired, according to a preliminary report by the Illinois State Police that cited witnesses. Officers provided medical aid to multiple victims, including Roberson, the report found. But the report did not say how long the officer waited before he fired or whether he identified himself as a police officer. Investigators also appear to distance officers from accountability to determine who is a threat, and who is not. Roberson wore “no markings readily identifying him as a security guard,” the report found. Witnesses have also said they tried to warn officers that Roberson was trying to help. “Everybody was screaming out, ‘He was a security guard,’ and they basically saw a black man with a gun and killed him,” Adam Harris told WGN.”

This is a clear case of a black man being stereotyped as a criminal without examining the whole matter. This is the reason why black people are very uncomfortable with law enforcement. You could be a hero and still be treated as a criminal and killed for doing nothing wrong. Roberson left behind a 9-month-old baby boy.


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