When we have discussions of innocent black men being endangered just by the color of their skin, I think that this is one of the most convincing pieces of evidence I have ever seen.
I’m posting this because I don’t think it’s seen often enough in the media, yet I think it’s perhaps the most effective statement I’ve ever seen of the danger a black men faces every day, simply going about his normal life.
This young man, Levar Jones, wasn’t selling untaxed cigarettes. He wasn’t walking in the middle of the street or allegedly assaulting a police officer in his patrol car. He wasn’t belligerent of uncooperative to the officer.
Rather, he pulled into a gas station to buy fuel, and was then approached by a South Carolina police vehicle for a minor traffic violation (not wearing a seatbelt). Jones was then shot by South Carolina State Trooper Sean Groubert as he was following Trooper Groubert’s instructions to show ID.
I’ve chosen this clip specifically because it has no additional commentary. You can watch and listen and judge for yourself. Below the video, I have posted a link to an MSNBC article which also features the video as part of a longer written piece.
Pay attention to how courteous Jones is throughout the entire episode, even continuing to call Groubert “sir” after he was shot, and apologizing to the Trooper for reaching into his car too quickly.
Trooper Groubert fired 3 shots that I can discern from this video. It is reported that Jones was shot in the hip, but is expected to make a “full recovery”. At last word, he has been released from the hospital.
- SC trooper fired for shooting black motorist charged with assault [VIDEO], msnbc.com, 09/25/14 12:57 AM—Updated 09/26/14 11:36 AM