Chicago, IL – In the wee hours of November 11 inside Manny’s Blue Room Bar situated within the Chicago suburb of Robbins, armed safety guard Jemel Roberson broke up a ruckus attributable to unruly patrons — solely to seek out himself in a shootout when the group returned and somebody opened hearth.
The 26-year-old returned hearth and efficiently disarmed and detained one of many males — just for responding Midlothian cops to gun him down.
“He had any individual on the bottom along with his knee in again, along with his gun in his again like, ‘Don’t transfer,’” witness Adam Harris instructed WGN following the shootings. “Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security!’ He was a safety guard…And they nonetheless did their job, and noticed a black man with a gun, and mainly killed him.”
An investigation has since been launched. Information in regards to the bar’s expired liquor license has been uncovered whereas police have uncared for to determine the officer who killed Roberson.
“A Midlothian officer encountered a topic with a gun and was concerned in an officer-involved taking pictures. The topic the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an space hospital,” Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney mentioned in a press release following the deadly incident.
Details of Roberson’s life have additionally been uncovered. He not solely aspired to be a police officer himself however was additionally really working the safety element with the intention to splurge for his 9-month-old son’s first Christmas. (He additionally left behind an unborn baby.)
“A member of the family known as me and instructed me. … I simply broke down crying within the rest room. For a very long time, I used to be within the rest room,” Roberson’s girlfriend Avontae Boose instructed CNN including, “[their son] simply been calling (for) his dad.”
Immediately after the tragic state of affairs, a GoFundMe account was established to assist pay for Roberson’s funeral bills and the information graced throughout fellow Chicagoan Kanye West’s radar.
According to TMZ, a “deeply moved” West donated $150,000 to Roberson’s household on Friday (November 16), which far exceeded the GoFundMe’s preliminary request of $10,000.
As for searching for justice and readability revolving round Roberson’s dying, it’s unsurprising the cops and household are adhering to 2 completely different accounts of occasions.
The Illinois State Police launched a press release which learn, “According to witness statements, the Midlothian Officer gave the armed topic a number of verbal instructions to drop the gun and get on the bottom earlier than in the end discharging his weapon and placing” whereas confirmed witness Dorian Myrickes say the officer who killed Roberson didn’t wait “not even 5 seconds” after giving the command.
Roberson household legal professional Lee Merritt disagreed stating, “If this was a case the place they noticed this as a pleasant hearth, as if a police officer was shot, then this might be dealt with a lot in another way. There could be extra transparency.”
Roberson’s mom, Beatrice Roberson, has since filed a $1 million lawsuit towards the police officer answerable for her son’s dying and the Village of Midlothian, calling the taking pictures “unprovoked, unjustified, extreme and unreasonable.”