Disturbing Dashcam Video Released Of South Carolina Trooper Opening Fire On Unarmed Man
Disturbing dashcam video was released showing a shooting involving a former South Carolina state trooper and an unarmed man in South Carolina who was stopped for a seat belt violation.
31-year-old Sean Groubert shot 35-year-old Levar Jones on September 4th at a Circle K gas station.
[su_center_ad]Groubert was charged on Wednesday with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in connection with the incident. Bond was set at $75,000, according to WLTX.
The footage shows Jones getting out of his car. Groubert instructs him to get his driver’s license.
Jones can be seen reaching into his car for his license and Groubert immediately open fires on him.
Jones was hit by one bullet in the hip and is recovering at home after being hospitalized for the injury.
While shooting, Groubert can be heard yelling, “Get out of the car, get out of the car.”
“I just got my license, you said get my license,” Jones replies.
Groubert tells Jones to get on the ground.
Jones says while on the ground, “I have my license right here, you said get my license.”
Groubert asks Jones if he was hit by a bullet and Jones says, “Why did you shoot me?” The officer responds, “Bro, you dove headfirst back into your car.”
Groubert’s attorney, former Fifth Circuit Solicitor Barney Geise, said after seeing the video that his client is not guilty.
According to WLTX, South Carolina Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith fired Groubert on September 19th after observing the video footage and reviewing a report from the State Law Enforcement Division. Smith called the facts of the case “disturbing.”
Groubert could face 20 years in prison.
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