South Carolina State Trooper Fired for Shooting


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South Carolina State Trooper Fired for Shooting


COLUMBIA, SC On September 4, 2014, 35-year-old Levar Edward Jones, a black male, was pulled over at a Circle K convenience store in South Carolina. Jones got out of his car and was approached by state trooper Sean Groubert, a caucasian male. The officer asked Jones for his license and as Jones reached inside of his car Groubert fired several shots while repeatedly yelling 'Get out of the car'.

In a statement released by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Director Leroy Smith stated that the case was "disturbing", but also said that he believed this was an isolated incident where the officer reacted to a perceived threat where there was none. In addition, Smith made the following statements:

"This incident occurred in broad daylight. Mr. Groubert had a clear and unobstructed view of Mr. Jones,"

"While Mr. Groubert was within the law to stop Mr. Jones for a safety-belt violation, the force administered in this case was unwarranted, inconsistent with how our troopers are trained and clearly in violation of department policies,"

Fortunately Jones was not fatally wounded, but did suffer an injury to his hip. He is now recovering at home. He was not armed when the incident occurred.

On Friday the South Carolina Department of Public Safety announced that Groubert had been fired after an administrative review.

The case was reviewed by the State Law Enforcement Division and turned over to the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, which will determine if charges will be filed against Groubert.

A local legislator has called for tougher state laws regarding racial profiling following this shooting. The shooting comes just weeks after the shooting of an unarmed African-American teen in Ferguson, MO that has gained national attention.





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