One in a million...
South Carolina’s police officer charged for shooting an unarmed man at gas station
Written by Sharon Peterson
A former South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper's dashboard video displays that an unarmed driver, Levar Jones, was shot just seconds after he was stopped for a seatbelt offence.
This incident occurred in the parking lot of a Circle K gas station just outside Columbia on September 4 at around 5pm. The 31-year-old trooper Sean Groubert stopped a vehicle and asked for the man's license. Jones turned to his vehicle to take the license.
Groubert then begun to yell at Jones to "Get out of the car!" while firing several shots, hitting Jones in the hip. Jones, 35, survived the shooting. But Groubert, who was fired because of the incident last week, has been charged with the assault.
Jones said, "I thank God every day that I am here with a story to tell and hope my situation can make a change".
Police officers are rarely charged in South Carolina. In August, a prosecutor refused to file criminal charges against a York County deputy who shot a 70-year-old man after mistaking his cane for a shotgun during an after-dark traffic stop.
According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, police in 2014 have shot 35 times at suspects and have killed 16 of them. However, this offence can land Groubert in prison for 20 years, if found guilty.
However, this is not the first time Groubert has fired at a civilian. According to the Highway Patrol, Groubert along with another trooper chased and fired a suspect who drove away from a traffic stop. The suspect was convicted of attempted murder and is spending 20 years in prison.
Groubert first worked for the Highway Patrol from September 2005 to September 2009. After going to work for the Richland County Sheriff's Office, he returned to the state agency in July 2012.
No Justice at all...
No Charges For Baby-Burning Cops
by Abby Zimet
Warning: Skip if you have high blood pressure.
A grand jury in Georgia has declined to charge any of the cops in a SWAT team's botched drug raid who threw a stun grenade into the crib of 19-month-old Bounkham “Baby Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, thereby severely burning him, detaching his nose from his face, disfiguring his mouth and possibly causing him brain damage, with the grand jury arguing in a 15-page report that even though the drug investigation leading to the May raid - at a house where it turned out their suspect didn't live, and where no drugs or guns were found - was "hurried, sloppy and unfortunately not in accordance with the best practices," they found "no evidence of criminal intent or negligence," a phrase you'd think would EXACTLY describe what went down, but anyway why are these people living crowded into relatives' houses in a poor area if they don't want their children's noses burned off when police show up and make an honest mistake like they're bound to do 'cause jeez they're human too ya know. The kicker (warning still applies): The county's board of commissioners has also decided it will not help pay for Bou Bou's medical expenses, including his five months in the hospital, many plastic surgeries and ongoing care of the hole in his chest - his mother changes the dressings several times each day - because to do so "would be in violation of the law," and we are, if nothing else, a law-abiding nation. Bou Bou's family, who before the assault had just moved from Wisconsin because their house burned down, recently returned there, presumably in the hope they would be safer from psychopathic law enforcement and county officials. If, unlike almost all the players in this story, you are a human being with a brain or heart who feels understandably moved to help a long-suffering family and grotesquely wronged child, you can donate here. His mother describes the family's injuries, anger, trauma and heartbreak here.
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