Black security guard stopped bar shooter and saved people but was shot by police

Odette Odendaal
Nov 14, 2018
11:26 A.M.
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The way information gets interpreted can mean the difference between life and death. Current findings show that police shot the person who saved the lives of many. 


One of the security guards, Jemel Roberson, apprehended a shooter that entered the Manny’s Blue Room bar around 4 am on November 11. The man reportedly came back after he and his friends got asked to leave the bar earlier. He entered and started shooting, and armed security guards returned fire.


26 -year-old Jemel apprehended the man outside and requested help from Midlothian Police. A witness said that Jemel held the man on the ground, and when two responding officers arrived one fatally shot him. A witness added:

"The security guard that got killed, he caught somebody and had his knee on him the whole time. Just waiting for the police to get there. I guessed when the police got there, they probably thought he was one of the bad guys, cause he had his gun on the guy and they shot him."

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Roberson was reportedly training to become a police officer, and also a church organist. Pastor Patricia Hill of Purposed Church said:

"He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff,  so the very people he wanted to be family with took his life."


Non-life-threatening injuries incurred by four other people, including the shooter. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the first shooting, and the police shooting will be looked into by the State Police Public Integrity Task Force.

Earlier this year, in August, Vanessa Marquez got shot and killed by South Pasadena police. Vanessa, and actress well known for her role as a nurse on ‘ER’ died in her home in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue on August 30 shortly after police arrived.


The landlord called the police, who arrived around 12 pm, Vanessa was suffering from seizures and officers called paramedics and a mental health clinician.  The police stayed with her while waiting and after about 90 minutes she took a BB gun and pointed it at the officers, who then shot her.


Another situation where the police acted without making sure what the circumstances were, happened to David Reynolds. He was busy washing his dog, with only his underwear on when he heard loud banging on his front door. When he answered the door, officers from the Topeka Police Department had guns drawn on him and told him to go outside.


David refused and shut the door. Not long after the officers broke down his door, they threw him on the ground and handcuffed him. The police proceeded to search his home and released him from the handcuffs shortly after.

David was very upset about his rights that got violated in such a manner and an argument soon followed. The officers got dispatched in search of a Hispanic male allegedly armed with a rifle and threatening a woman. Police then justified their actions by stating that they broke into Reynolds’ house thinking of the alleged woman’s safety.

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