September 24, 2014

This video is disturbing and violent. It is also emblematic of why there is such a furor over police shootings right now. And yes, the cop is white and the guy he stopped was black.

TPM:

On the plus side, the officer in question was fired from the South Carolina Highway Patrol and has now been charged with aggravated assault. But here's the story (with video). White Highway Patrol officer stops a black man for a seat belt violation outside Columbia, SC. The state trooper Sean Groubert, 31, asks the driver for his license. The driver, Levar Jones, reaches into the car to retrieve his license - at which point Groubert screams "get out of the car" and proceeds to unload four or five rounds from his pistol into Jones at point blank range.

Aggravated assault? How about attempted-effing-murder? How many of these videos do we have to see before there's a clue about the way black people are treated at the hands of white police officers?

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