White Officer Fatally Shot Black Security Guard
White officer fatally shot black security guard, Chicago-area police chief says
Jemel Roberson, the security guard, was trying to detain a man following a shooting at a bar south of Chicago where he worked.
A white officer fatally shot a black security guard south of Chicago over the weekend, a police chief has confirmed.
Jemel Roberson, 26, was wearing a hat with “security” emblazoned across the front when he was shot early on Sunday.
Witnesses say Roberson had been trying to detain a man following an earlier shooting at Manny’s Blue Room in Robbins, a bar where he worked, according to an attorney who filed a lawsuit on behalf of the guard’s family.
When police arrived at the scene, Roberson was holding “somebody on the ground with his knee in his back, with his gun in his back”, witness Adam Harris told WGN-TV.
“Everybody is screaming out, ‘He’s a security guard’,” Harris said.
Investigators said the initial gunfire was reported around 4am on Sunday. An officer responding from nearby Midlothian encountered and shot “a subject with a gun”, the Midlothian police chief, Daniel Delaney, said in a statement. The person was later identified as Roberson.