New Way To Get Shot: Obeying Police Commands Precisely While Black
[su_right_ad]On the same day prosecutors released surveillance video of John Crawford III being shot dead for allegedly failing to “obey police commands,” authorities in South Carolina released dash-cam video of a 35 year-old black man being shot by a cop for obeying police commands to the letter. In Crawford’s case, police say he failed to obey their commands to put down an air rifle that they thought was a real gun, and while the video appears to show that he was trying to do that when he was shot, there was apparently enough wiggle room in the minds of grand jurors to let the officers off scot-free.
In the case of Levar Jones, there was no pre-existing threat, and the only actions Jones took were those the officer demanded of him, and he still got shot.
This wasn’t even a case of a cop pulling someone over on a dark, mysterious highway. On September 4, Jones was already parked at a gas station and convenience store when Lance Corporal Sean Groubert noticed Jones wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, and pulled up behind him. He told Jones, who was already out of his car, to produce his license. When Jones reached into the open door of his car to get his license, Groubert screamed at him to get out of the car, and as Jones immediately obeyed, Groubert fired five times. Fortunately, Jones was only hit once, in the hip, and is making a full recovery.
Here’s the incredible dash-cam video, in which Jones can actually be heard apologizing to the officer who shot him for doing what he was told…READ MORE