Video Shows South Carolina Cop Shooting Black Man Without Any Apparent Provocation | ThinkProgress | #OYRchallenge

In September 2014, Sean Groubert, a South Carolina State Trooper shot a young African American man, Levar Jones, on his way home from work, seconds after asking for his driver license. Jones was only shot in the hip but the video shows the lightning attack on him by Groubert as he reached for the requested document.

What’s striking about this case is how swiftly Groubert escalated the incident from a routine traffic stop to the use of potentially deadly force — and the fact that he did so without any apparent provocation whatsoever. Only four seconds pass between when Groubert asks Jones for his license, and when Groubert fires the first of four shots at the unarmed driver.The other thing that’s striking about this case, however, is the fact that Groubert will actually face criminal charges for his actions. According to The State, Groubert faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted. He was also fired by the highway patrol on Friday.

via Video Shows South Carolina Cop Shooting Black Man Without Any Apparent Provocation | ThinkProgress.

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