Ministers Want Police Officer Who Shot Security Guard Jemel Roberson Fired

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During one of Roberson's shifts last weekend, a gunman started shooting up Manny's Blue Room, a bar in suburban Chicago.

Roberson, 26, was killed by a Midlothian police officer Sunday at Manny's Blue Room in Robbins, Illinois, the bar where he worked as a security guard.

Chicago native Roberson graduated from Lane Tech High School, where he played basketball, and has a 9-month-old son and another child on the way.

Roberson 'had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back, like, 'Don't move, " witness Adam Harris told Chicago television station WGN.

Myrickes also said Roberson did have on a hat and shirt on emblazoned with the word "Security" despite the IL state police's claim that Roberson's clothes did not "readily identifying him" as a security guard.

Midlothian police called the incident "the equivalent of a 'blue-on-blue, ' a friendly fire incident".

Friends, family and faith leaders on Friday called for an independent investigation and charges in the police killing of black security guard Jemel Roberson outside a Chicago-area bar Sunday.

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"We're trying to find out what really happened and why it happened", said Gregory Kulis, the attorney representing Roberson's mother Beatrice.

Upon his arrival, a Midlothian Police Officer encountered a subject in plain black clothing with no markings readily identifying him as a Security Guard, armed with a gun in the west parking lot.

Jemel Roberson in an undated family photo. He is now on paid leave while the Illinois State Police conduct an investigation into the shooting. "There would be more transparency". Roberson was black. The officer is white.

"They killed a hero", Merritt said. Per standard policy, the officer is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the state police investigation.

The attorney, Greg Kulis, also claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that multiple witnesses shouted at the Midlothian officer that Roberson was a security guard, but the state police report, citing witness statements, said its preliminary finding was that the police officer gave multiple commands to Roberson to drop his firearm before the officer opened fire.

West heard the story of Jemel Roberson - who was gunned down by police after stopping a drunken man with a gun - and wanted to do whatever he could to lessen the burden on his family.

Boose, now grappling with the reality of raising two children without their father, is already thinking about what she will tell her children about their dad.

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