In this cop shoots driver story, the South Carolina driver Levar Jones was not only totally compliant with officer Groubert, but even after he had been shot at multiple times, he remained surprisingly respectful.
A lot of people, like me, keep their personal effects in the center console of their car. I don’t like having a bunch of stuff in my pockets, especially while I’m driving. It looks like this guy probably did the same thing.
He was pulled over for a “seatbelt violation.” If you watch the video, you’ll find out that Jones pulled into the gas station, and as he was pulling in, he unbuckled his seatbelt. That was his “safety” violation, which apparently deserved the death penalty. Thankfully, the driver was only injured.
The video gets right to the point:
Surprisingly, the cop was arrested and jailed on a $75,000 bond on charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. And Jones was not arrested for “resisting arrest,” “disorderly conduct,” “assaulting a police officer,” or “obstruction.” WLTX reported:
Sean Groubert, 31, was booked Wednesday afternoon at the Richland County Detention Center. Bond was set at $75,000.
The charges were brought by the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s office, which reviewed the findings of an investigation into the incident conducted by the State Law Enforcement Division.
A warrant states that audio and visual recordings, as well as written statements, indicate the shooting was without justification.
On September 19th, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety fired Groubert after a review of the same SLED report. Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith said Groubert did not follow protocol when he shot 35-year-old Levar Jones at the Circle K at Broad River Road following a traffic stop back on September 4th.
Smith said Groubert asked Jones to get out of his car during the stop, and when Jones went to get his license out of his vehicle, Groubert began yelling “get out of the car” and shot Jones.
During the bond hearing, the judge was shown the dash cam video from Groubert’s patrol car.
Jones suffered an injury to his hip. His attorney said he is recovering after a stay in the hospital.
In dismissing Groubert, Smith called the facts of the case “disturbing.”
Usually in a case like this, the cop is protected by the union. I guess the audio and video footage of the incident was just too obviously bad, that the department had no choice but to fire the cop and prosecute him.