On September 4th, South Carolina trooper Sean Grouber witnesses Levar Jones pulling into a gas station without wearing his SAFETY BELT. The trooper pulls alongside Jones, demands to see his license, and then immediately shoots him.
Can I see your license please? [pause] GET OUT OF THE CAR! GET OUT OF *bang bang* THE CAR! *bang* *bang* GET ON THE GROUND! GET ON THE GROUND!
I just had my license! You [?] my license! I grabbed my license right there! That’s my license right there, dude!
PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK. PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK. PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK. PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK.
What did I do?
PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK.
What did I do, sir?
ARE YOU HIT?
I think so. I can’t feel my leg. I don’t know what happened, I just grabbed my license.
[to radio] Rachel and 8-6-6 I need a 1052.
Why did you, why did you shoot me?
Well, you dove headfirst back into your car.
I’M SORRY, I didn’t know.
You jumped back out, I’m telling you to get out of your car.
I’M SORRY, I didn’t hear two words, sir.
Add: ‘Barney Giese, Groubert’s defense attorney, said there’s more than one way to interpret the video and told the judge Wednesday his client is not guilty and was justified in shooting Jones who was reaching for his license. Giese, who served as the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor for 16 years, said Jones reached for his license “aggressively” and Trooper Groubert thought he was reaching for a gun.’