sources: AJC News
published: 13 November 2018
A black Chicago-area church musician who was moonlighting as a security guard was killed by police Sunday morning as they responded to a call of shots fired at the bar where the man worked.
Jemel Roberson, 26, had already subdued the alleged assailant in the initial shooting at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge, in Robbins, when police arrived, witnesses told WGN-TV. “He had somebody on the ground with his knee in his back, with his gun in his back, like, ‘Don’t move,” Adam Harris told the news station.
An officer arrived on the scene a short time later. That officer shot Roberson, killing him. “Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security! He was a security guard!’ Harris said. “And they still did their job and saw a black man with a gun and, basically, killed him.”
Though law enforcement officials have not confirmed the race of the officer who shot Roberson, witnesses told WGN that the officer is white.
NPR reported that Roberson was in uniform, wearing a hat with the word “Security” emblazoned on it. He had a license to carry the weapon he was holding when he was killed.
Four other people, including the suspected shooter from the initial incident, were injured, but none of their injuries were life-threatening, NPR reported.