Days after a speedy Illinois State Police exoneration of a local police officer who shot and killed a security guard in a bar melee, an eyewitness who worked with the victim has contradicted key elements of the official version of events.
Contradicting a speedy Illinois State Police exoneration of a local police officer who shot and killed a security guard in a bar melee, the Chicago Tribune reports that one of victim Jemel Roberson’s fellow security guards insists that Roberson was wearing a cap and sweatshirt that had the word “Security” on them. State police on Tuesday defended the actions of a suburban Chicago police officer who killed Roberson on Sunday, claiming that the guard was not wearing a uniform and ignored verbal commands to drop his weapon. But, in an interview with the Tribune on Thursday in which he described Roberson’s clothing, Dorian Myrickes said he and Roberson were part of the six-person security team trying to break up a fight between two groups of men when a patron started shooting and Roberson ended up holding the shooter at gunpoint. Myrickes said a police officer from Midlothian warned Roberson to drop his gun but fired at him within “not even five seconds” of the warning.
Myrickes’ account adds fuel to the controversy that has arisen over the shooting of Roberson, who is black, by the Midlothian officer, who is white and has since been placed on leave. The shooting took place while the officer and others responded to a “shots fired” call at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins. “Everyone started panicking, running in different directions,” Myrickes said. “I stumbled out the front door. … That’s when I ran into the (Midlothian) police officer (who) had the AR-15, and he pointed it straight at my head, he said, ‘Put your hands up.’” Myrickes said he told the officer he was a security guard and not to shoot him. The same officer, he said, ran into the bar, aimed his rifle at the bartender, and then shot Roberson.