A South Carolina state trooper was captured on dashcam video, shooting an unarmed African American man who he had pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt.
The trooper, Sean Groubert, shot Levar Jones right after he told him to go back to his vehicle and get his drivers license.
Officer Groubert was arrested Wednesday and is being charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
The dashcam video clearly shows Groubert shooting Jones outside of a convenience store in Richland County, South Carolina. The incident occurred on September 4th.
Jones, 35, reached for his license, only after Groubert told him to, then instantly began shooting and yelling “get out of the car.”
Jones who was unarmed. He was shot in the hip and can be heard in the video saying “I just got my license. You said get my license.”
Now, the family of Levar Jones has released their first statement on the incident. Jones’s attorney, Todd Rutherford, explained that his client is walking with a cane as he recovers from the injuries he sustained by the trigger-happy cop.
Below is the full statement from the Jones family:
“We woke up after September 4, 2014 changed forever and thankful that we have another day of life. In just a few seconds, the notion of life did not exist for LeVar as he heard gunshots coming from Officer Groubert at the gas station, based on no trigger or instigation except the color of his skin, or perhaps, his unyielding compliance.
“Yesterday, along with all of you, was the first time we saw the reality unfold before our eyes through the video release—the trauma is indescribable. We have to take some time to process just what stand we will take in this unexpected call for social justice.
“There are several people who never had to chance to ask, “What did I do, sir?” Moreover, there are many others whose stories are untold absent video surveillance.
“We plan to speak from a standpoint of social action and awareness of the racial issues our country has become so complacent in discussing until the tragedies of recent times. However, today, in reliving the moments through the video, we are hurt and speechless, with hope that justice prevails.
Thank you all for your prayers and support.”
Arnette Dorsey, Esq.
(Article by Jackson Marciana)