Black security guard who tried to stop shooting at a Chicago bar ended up getting killed by the police
Roberson, who was armed at the time, grabbed one of the members of the group and held to him down and was waiting for police to arrive
A Chicago police officer shot dead a security guard as he was trying to stop a shooting by holding down a suspect at the bar where he worked, according to reports. The security guard, 26-year-old Jemel Roberson, was working at Manny's Blue Room, a bar in Robbins, Illinois, on Sunday morning when a patron who was part of a drunken group that had been kicked out of the establishment returned with a gun. The patron reportedly opened fire at 4am on Sunday, injuring several people.
According to witnesses, Roberson, who was armed at the time, grabbed one of the members of the group and held to him down and was waiting for police to arrive. "He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, ‘Don’t move,’" a witness present at the bar, Adam Harris told WGN-TV.
Jemel Roberson had dreams of being a police officer. He was killed by one. https://t.co/vhysZ4cda9— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 12, 2018
However, the security guard became the victim as soon as the police arrived. Reports state that a responding officer with the Midlothian Police Department saw Roberson and immediately shot him. The security guard later succumbed to the gunshot wounds and died at a hospital, according to HuffPost. The witnesses said that the officer shot an innocent man despite people present at the scene warning the officer that Roberson was a security guard. Harris said: "Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security!’ He was a security guard ... and they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him."
Midlothian Police Chief Dan Delaney, while talking to the reporters, confirmed the shooting and said: "A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting.” The police chief added that an investigation has been launched into the case and the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force would probe the incident to “ensure transparency and maintain public trust.”
After a shooting at a bar, security guard Jemel Roberson subdued an alleged assailant. When police arrived, an officer "encountered a subject with a gun" — and shot and killed Roberson, who was in uniform and holding a gun he was licensed to carry. https://t.co/4k4j4efacM— NPR (@NPR) November 13, 2018
People who knew Roberson, told ABC-7, that the security guard had dreams of becoming a police officer and was known as a musician at local churches. Meanwhile, the initial shooting is being investigated by the Cook County Sheriff's office. A pastor at New Spiritual Light Baptist Church, where Roberson played the organ, Walter Turner said: "How in the world does the security guard get shot by police? A young man that was literally doing his job and now he’s gone.”
At least 378 black Americans have been killed by police officials in the United States from August 2016 to May 2018, and over 3,357 people have been fatally shot by law enforcement since 2015.