Black Bouncer Killed by Cops Responding to Bar Shooting

Manny's Blue Room Bar Robbins | Google Streetview

Manny's Blue Room Bar Robbins | Google Streetview

"Everybody was screaming out, 'He was a security guard, '" witness Adam Harris told WGN TV.

Investigators have been tight-lipped so far about whether the officer warned Roberson or whether the security guard refused to comply with any commands. Per WGN, Jemel Roberson was the armed bouncer at Manny's Blue Room Bar in Robbins, where witnesses reportedly said he asked some drunk men to leave before one of them returned and began firing a gun.

Friends said Roberson was an upstanding guy who had plans to become a police officer. When the officer came out of the bar, he shot Roberson, Kulis said.

However, when a Midlothian, Illinois police officer showed up on the scene, he opened fire and killed Roberson because he thought Roberson was the true assailant. "And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him".

The lawsuit-which names the Village of Midlothian and the unnamed officer as defendants-describes the shooting as "unprovoked, unjustified, excessive and unreasonable".

A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office said Roberson had a valid Firearm Owners ID (FOID) card, but did not have a concealed-carry license.

Roberson, the father of a 9-month-old boy, was trying to "get enough money together for a deposit on a new apartment", said Hunter, the great uncle of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager fatally shot in 2014 by a white Chicago police officer.

The Midlothian Police Department is investigating the police-involved shooting, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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According to WLS-TV, four other people suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds in the encounter, although it was not immediately clear whether these gunshot wounds were caused by the shooter or by the police response.

Despite claims that witnesses told the cops he was a security guard, they shot him.

Authorities released few details about the shooting, but said the incident started as an argument inside the bar, according to Robbins Police Chief Roy Wells, who spoke at a press conference Sunday morning.

Local pastor Walter Turned was shocked by the incident. "A young man that was literally doing his job and now he's gone". That irony has not been lost on Roberson's community.

Illinois State Police are handling the investigation into Roberson's shooting. "He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with, took his life", Hill said.

"Once again it's the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later", she said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover funeral costs.

Those who knew him said he loved the organ and gospel music.

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