Chicago, IL – On the wee hours of November 11 inside Manny’s Blue Room Bar positioned within the Chicago suburb of Robbins, armed safety guard Jemel Roberson broke up a ruckus brought on by unruly patrons — solely to search 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 law enforcement officials to gun him down throughout, what onlookers say, was no time in any respect.
“He had any person on the bottom together with his knee in again, together 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 principally killed him.”
An investigation has since launched, with details about the bar’s expired liquor license being uncovered and police neglecting to figuring out the officer who killed Roberson.
“A Midlothian officer encountered a topic with a gun and was concerned in an officer-involved capturing. 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 the Roberson’s life have additionally been uncovered, as it’s understood he not solely aspired to be a police officer himself however was truly working the safety element with a view 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 toilet. For a very long time, I used to be within the toilet,” Roberson’s girlfriend Avontae Boose instructed CNN including, “[their son] simply been calling (for) his dad.”
Immediately after the tragic situation, 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 in search of justice and readability revolving round Roberson’s demise, it’s unsurprising that the cops and household are adhering to 2 totally 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 lawyer 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 is able to be dealt with a lot otherwise. There can be extra transparency.”
Jemel’s mom, Beatrice Roberson, has since filed a $1 million lawsuit towards the police officer liable for her son’s demise and the Village of Midlothian, calling the capturing “unprovoked, unjustified, extreme and unreasonable.”