Sep 26, 2014 Unarmed victim of police shooting displayed top character throughout
South Carolina Trooper Sean Groubert’s unjustified shooting of an unarmed man (see the police dashcam video here) retrieving his license as ordered by Groubert, underlines the need to shrink and improve the criminal justice system to have only the best police acting only at their best. The shot man, Levar Jones, is such an angel that he summons himself to call the cop sir, politely at all times asking Groubert why he shot Jones.
I would like to find out how to contact Mr. Jones to give him my moral support and a financial contribution, as he recovers from this shooting. Not having found Mr. Jones’s contact information online, I left his lawyer J. Todd Rutherford a message. (UPDATE: On September 29, Todd Rutherford’s office called me back, and told me I may use Todd’s office for sending any greetings or donation to Mr. Jones.)
Trooper Groubert rightfully lost his job. He now is being prosecuted for the shooting, as must happen, not because of his occupation at the time, but because of his shooting of Mr. Jones. Trooper Graubert remains presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I wonder whether Groubert and his lawyer will pursue a not criminally responsible/temporary insanity defense, a defense of post-traumatic stress disorder, or a defense of reasonable justification based on Groubert’s insufficiently grounded fear that Mr. Jones was reaching for a weapon. All police and their cars must be equipped with running video, so that this and all other police violations do not stay in the shadows.