Police officer who shot dead black security guard as he was holding down a suspect is revealed to be white


The chief of police in a Chicago suburb has revealed that the officer who shot dead a black security guard outside a bar over the weekend was white, raising questions over whether race was a factor  – and prompting a local elected official to call for Cook County prosecutors to investigate the fatal incident.

It also emerged on Tuesday that the victim, 26-year-old Jemel Roberson, was apparently wearing a hat emblazoned with the word ‘SECURITY’ across the front when he was gunned down by an officer from the Midlothian Police Department outside Manny’s Blue Room in Robbins, a predominantly black community just south of Chicago.

At the time, according to witnesses and a lawsuit, Roberson was attempting to detain a suspect in a separate shooting that wounded several other people at the tavern.

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