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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An unarmed man shot by a South Carolina trooper during a traffic stop repeated one question through his anguished cries as he lay wounded, waiting for an ambulance: “Why did you shoot me?”

In a video captured by a dashboard camera in the patrol car, then-Trooper Sean Groubert told Levar Jones it was because he “dove head first” back into his car. Jones said he was just reaching for his license as Groubert had instructed. Groubert’s lawyer says the officer justifiably feared for his life.

But prosecutors and Groubert’s boss disagreed. The 31-year-old officer was charged with felony assault and fired less than three weeks after the Sept. 4 traffic stop at a Columbia convenience store over a seatbelt violation.

Jones is recovering from being shot in the hip.

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59 thoughts on “SC Trooper Fired, Charged With Felony In Shooting Unarmed Black Man

    • I said it. on said:

      Now, that’s the truth. If he killed him, there would be an online fundraiser in his honor, hateful people would be here telling us how the officer was in fear, and officers would wear bracelets with his name. They are all disappointed in his ability to follow through. They have focused on other crimes involving blacks, so they can try to convince us that there’s something wrong with us, instead of focusing on what’s wrong with them.

  1. I said it. on said:

    This is what they need to start doing to these officers, instead of letting them resign, or retire. If you are too weak to do the job, you should find another job.

    Now the victim needs to sue the city and the officer.

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