Wtf man! Via @shaunking
On Sunday morning, with the threat of another mass shooting underway, yet another good guy with a gun was shot and killed – this time by police. He was black.
26 year old Jemel Roberson, of Chicago, was a beloved church musician who played both drums and the keyboard for churches all over the city. Like most local church musicians, he had another job on the side to help pay the bills. He worked as an armed security guard for clubs and bars. With the mass shooting in the country bar in Thousand Oaks, California happening just days earlier, security guards across the country in similar venues were on high alert.
At 4 A.M. on Sunday morning, at Manny’s Blue Room Bar in the small town of Robbins, Illinois, Jemel Roberson was forced to ask a group of drunk men to leave the bar. Suddenly, according to witnesses, one of the men came back with a gun into the bar and opened fire.
Enter the good guy with a gun.
Jemel Roberson bravely entered the fray, returned fire, then chased a man down outside, and held him down until police arrived. Family and friends say that he hoped to actually become a police officer himself one day.
Right now we should be hearing about how Jemel Roberson, the hero, the church musician, who refused to allow people to harmed on his watch, and bravely brought a gunman to justice.
But this is America. And what we are all seeing is that being a “good guy with a gun,” while black, might get you killed by people who simply cannot imagine that you are there to help.
As reported by WGN, “"Everybody was screaming out, 'he was a security guard,' and they basically saw a black man with a gun and killed him," eyewitness Adam Harris said.
Indeed the only person who was shot and killed in this incident was Jemel Roberson. He thwarted the worse danger from the earlier shooting, only to be murdered by an officer from the Midlothian Police Department.