BREAKING: Former South Carolina State Trooper Sean Groubert Charged With Aggravated Assault & Battery of A High Aggravated Nature of African-American Man Levar Jones After Jones Complied With Officer Who Stopped Him For A Seatbelt Violation
A trigger-happy ex-trooper in South Carolina was arrested on assault and battery charges over the shooting of an unarmed man, authorities said.
Sean Groubert, 31, was booked Wednesday at the Richland County Detention Center,WLTX-TVreported.
An incriminating dash-cam video shows the officer drive up to an unarmed African-American male at a gas station to give him a ticket for a seat belt violation on Sept. 4.
“Can I see your license please?” Groubert asks.
Levar Jones, 35, cooperating fully, reached back into his car to retrieve his driver’s license as the officer requested.
Then Groubert started screaming “get out of the car!” and fired his gun erratically at the man, who fell to the ground.
“I just got my license. You said get my license,” he said. “I grabbed my license. Right there, that’s my license.”
“Put your hands behind your back,” Groubert said, as he walked over the cuff the innocent man.
RICHLAND COUNTY DETENTION CENTERSean Groubert, 31, failed to follow protocol when he shot a motorist during a traffic stop in South Carolina.
“What did I do? What did I do, sir?” he said. “I can’t feel my leg. I don’t know what happened. I just grabbed my license. Why did you shoot me?”
“Well, you dove headfirst back into your car,” he said.
Groubert was fired on Sept. 19 by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety after the agency received a state report containing the witness and electronic device information.
The driver suffered a hip injury and is recovering.
Groubert faces a charge of assault and battery with a high and aggravated nature. [New York Daily News]