I want to pay respect to the family of Jemel Roberson, who should be a national hero today, but is being buried instead. A father to Tristan, with another baby on the way, he was devoted to his family. On November 11 a gunman started shooting in Manny’s bar and Jemel, a security guard who wanted to become a police officer, selflessly and bravely stopped the shooter and pinned him to the ground. When police arrived, one of the officers shot and killed Jemel, assuming he was the gunman. Witnesses say Jemel wasn’t given a chance to put down his weapon before he was shot. Take a moment to hashtag #jemelroberson And send respect to his family on this sad day that they are putting him in the ground.
Here are some words from @leemerrittesq about this extraordinary man:
#jemelroberson is a National Hero. We can’t reiterate that enough. He died working extra shifts to provide for Tristan and the baby on the way. He died saving lives. He was a provider and protector. South side Chicago is a difficult place to be raised in and stay out of trouble. Jemel excelled in this community as a musician and security professional. He never had a single blemish on his record. After single handed lay preventing a mass shooting, police arrived, mistook him for a bad guy and shot him to death. Today has been so difficult for this family and community. Jemel didn’t deserve this. But he does deserve justice. Now it’s fine to work for it. Rest In Peace Jemel. #rememberjemelroberson #rememberjemel