South Carolina – Not wearing your seat belt? Better think again. In what seemed to be a routine traffic stop quickly turned into an innocent person being repeatedly shot by a police officer.
In the video the driver reaches into his vehicle after a South Carolina trooper asked for his driver’s license. Then out of no where, the trooper shoots him.
Authorities released dash-camera video Wednesday showing what they say is Sean Groubert, then a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper, shooting Levar Jones, who was unarmed, in the parking lot of a gas station just outside Columbia on September 4.
Authorities say that the video was recorded from Groubert’s police car, and shows the trooper driving up to a vehicle just as its driver — who authorities say is Jones — steps out of the vehicle.
Jones was shot in the hip, CNN affiliate WACH reported. He was taken to a hospital and later released, authorities said.
Jones was found not to be armed, Smith said.
“I believe this case was an isolated incident in which Mr. Groubert reacted to a perceived threat where there was none,” Smith said last week.
In a court hearing Wednesday night, a judge ordered Groubert held with bond set at $75,000, WACH reported.
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