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S.C. Trooper Sean Groubert, Arrested & Charged After Shooting Cooperative Man During Traffic Stop (Shocking Dash Cam Video)

What should have been a routine traffic stop turned into an unjustified shooting of a citizen in Columbia, South Carolina.

Prosecutors just released dash cam footage of the incident that happened on September 4th. State Trooper Sean Groubert pulled in behind 35-year old African American Levar Jones, who had stopped at a Circle K convenience store. After Jones exited his vehicle, Groubert asked to see his license.

Sean Groubert

Jones turns around and reaches inside his vehicle for his I.D. At that point Groubert screams "get out the car," twice before firing four shots

“I just got my license. You said get my license,” Jones says. “I grabbed my license. Right there, that’s my license.”

“Put your hands behind your back,” Groubert tells him, as he walks over to cuff the innocent man.

“What did I do? What did I do, sir?” Jones asks.

Groubert asks him if he is hit.

“I think so, I can’t feel my leg," the injured man replied. "I don’t know what happened. I just grabbed my license. Why did you shoot me?”

“Well, you dove headfirst back into your car,” he said.

According to WLTX, Groubert was fired on September 19 by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety after a review by the State Law Enforcement Division report. DPS Director Leroy Smith said Groubert did not follow protocol when he shot Jones.

Sean Groubert mug shot

Groubert, 31, was arrested Wednesday, September 24, and booked into Richland County Detention Center. Bond was set at $75,000

He's been charged with felony assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He has since bailed out of jail. 

Groubert will appear in court on October 24. He's facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Jones is said to be recovering from a shot to the hip.

News report

Dash cam footage of shooting

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Comment by Ruth Peterson on September 29, 2014 at 2:59pm

All of that over  "seat belt violation."  The officer claims that Mr. Jones didn't have his seat belt on.  Well, if you're getting out of your car to pump gas why in the hell would you have your seat belt on????  Also, the officer fires multiple shots at a gas station!!!!!!!!!!!!  He could have blown up the gas station and everyone there (including himself) if one of his bullets had hit one of those gas pumps.  I mean the complete and utter stupidity of his man - all from America's rapid fear of black men.  A fear that they created and nurtured by their own actions 400 years ago by kidnapping and dragging our ancestors here in chains to do their dirty work.  A crime that they have never really paid for (well, at least never paid us for) but a crime that they are paying for physologically.  However, we are bearing the brunt of their fear and anger.  I hope he is prosecuted and serves time in jal.  And I hope that Mr. Jones recovers and sues the state and gets millions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

Comment by Cee Gee on September 29, 2014 at 9:24am

Only good cop is a dead cop!  Okay, that wasn't nice but I have always wanted to say that. 

Comment by Richard Redick on September 29, 2014 at 12:06am
This is bullshit the cop doesn't care he didn't move like he was upset or pissed off an the state don't give a s*** .
Comment by Mr. Johnson on September 27, 2014 at 10:53pm
No justice No peace! Here we go again, how many funerals do we have to go to before we force the government to end police brutality. This cop shoots the brother and has the nerve to ask him if he's hit! The brother was only doing what he asked. Getting his drivers license. What traffic infraction can you possibly do while pulling into a gas station? These devils has to start paying. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth and limb for a limb.
Comment by Vanessa Riley on September 27, 2014 at 10:19pm
I am so perplexed by the defense attorney labeling lavar jones movements as "aggressive " if we blink sit or walk a certain why it is labeled an act of aggression . That is a matter of preception.To me he turned around fast because he was scared he was gonna end up a statistic on the news and guess what ; his fears were justified .Trigger happy cop strikes again.
Comment by Benjamin Jackson on September 26, 2014 at 10:57pm

Only problem I have with this is only when the individuals live do the individuals get arrested!  Not one Caucasian officer who killed an minority has even been indicted or let alone been arrested!  Just my thoughts!

Comment by conscious1 on September 26, 2014 at 5:00pm

Groubert never followed protocol?  MOST COPS NEVER FOLLOW PROTOCOL.  That's the reason why we have a disproportionate amount of African Americans dead by police violence or unjustifiable locked up.  I have no f****** sympathy for this officer.  LOCK HIS ASS UP FOR AT LEAST 50 YEARS.  That should spare the lives of countless more brothers.

Comment by Mike k on September 26, 2014 at 3:33pm

Believe it or not, I do have some compassion for this officer. He is a product of what is wrong with the systemic racist approach to the enforcing of law & order in america. Thank god for video cameras. I can only imagine the police report, had this incident not been recorded. God was protecting this man. He is very lucky to be alive.

This officer deserves to be fired and he should be facing more serious charges for the shots he fired after the victim raised his hands, instead of proceeding to handcuff this guy after it should have been clear to him that he was wrong.

Comment by James Donovan on September 26, 2014 at 3:09pm

"....well, you dove head first back into your car". You call that "diving"? What about the shots the officer continued to fire after he saw the motorist was not armed, and when the motorist had his hand raised"?

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