A federal lawsuit was filed Monday in the shooting death of a bar security guard by a suburban Chicago police officer over the weekend. The mother of guard Jemel Roberson says the death was unprovoked, unjustified and unreasonable.
A federal lawsuit was filed Monday in the shooting death of a bar security guard by a suburban Chicago police officer over the weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Jemel Roberson, 26, was shot to death by a Midlothian police officer Sunday outside of Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins, Il. Roberson’s mother filed the lawsuit, alleging excessive force by the unnamed Midlothian police officer, who was called to support Robbins police. The lawsuit called Roberson’s death “unprovoked,” “unjustified,” and “unreasonable.”
Authorities said four people were shot inside the bar after an argument. All four suffered non-life threatening injuries, though it was still unclear who fired the shots that wounded them. As police were responding to the bar, Roberson was able to catch “one of the perpetrators,” the lawsuit states. Roberson was armed at the time and had a valid Firearm Owners ID card. Once police arrived, a Midlothian police officer shot and killed Roberson. The Cook County sheriff’s office said that shooting occurred inside the bar. The lawsuit says it happened outside.