EX-S.C. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN TO BE CHARGED IN SHOOTING INCIDENT
The white S.C. Highway Patrol trooper who opened fire on a black suspect during a traffic stop earlier this month will be arrested for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, sources tell FITS.
Lance Corporal Sean M. Groubert shot 35-year-old Levar Edward Jones in the leg after apprehending him three weeks ago on a seat belt violation.
That’s right … in South Carolina the police have the right to pull you over, detain you and fine you for exercising your right not to wear your seat belt.
Fifth circuit solicitor Dan Johnson originally termed Groubert’s shooting of Jones “clean,” although the officer was fired from his job with the Highway Patrol last week following an investigation of the incident by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
Groubert will be represented by former fifth circuit solicitor Barney Giese. Jones is represented by S.C. Rep. Todd Rutherford.
UPDATE: Here’s the dash-cam video …