A Midlothian police officer shot and killed black hero security guard Jemel Roberson after he managed to prevent a mass shooting at Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, Illinois
Security asked a group of men to leave the bar following an argument
At least one of the men came back and opened fire on the bar injuring at least five
Roberson exchanged fire with the suspect then managed to subdue him
Despite witnesses telling police Roberson he was a security guard an offer killed him after arriving
Less than a week after 28-year-old Marine Veteran Ian David Long killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, police arrived on the scene of a shooting at a bar in Robbins, Illinois and killed 26-year-old Jemel Roberson. The security guard who had subdued the shooter.
Roberson was working security at Manny’s Blue Room Bar early Sunday morning. Following an argument, a group of drunk men were asked to leave the bar by security. At least one of those men came back to the bar and opened fire, injuring at least five people. Roberson returned fire with the man before subduing the suspect and preventing another tragedy like the Borderline mass shooting.
As Roberson was on top of the suspect keeping him subdued, officers from the Robbins and Midlothian police departments responded to the shooting. Despite multiple witnesses saying Roberson was a security guard, an officer from the Midlothian Police Department shot and killed Roberson. Midlothian Police Department Chief Daniel Delaney stated Roberson died at the hospital on Sunday.
A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting. The subject the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital.
Roberson’s death comes at a very odd time for the country. Following multiple mass shootings, there has been a growing opinion that “the only person that can kill a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” But what happens when that good guy with a gun is black? Many are concerned that Roberson’s death could be a preview into the future if America continues to push this idea of an armed vigilante system while also allowing police to operate with less transparency and repercussions for shooting innocent people.
Despite preventing another national tragedy, even in the media, Roberson is receiving a clear biased judgment. WGN released an article titled “Officer shoots, kills armed security guard outside south suburban bar.” Just a week prior Instead of giving Roberson credit for giving his life for stopping a repeat of the mass shooting that happened the week prior, he is described as an “armed security guard.” Roberson showed amazing courage when he not only exchanged fire with the suspect but managed to subdue him for the police to make an arrest.
A Go Fund Me has been set up to help the family with burial costs for Roberson. The campaign has already raised over $26,000 out of the $30,000 goal. In the campaign’s description, Roberson was said to be the “light of his mother Beatrice’s life” and a “devoted loving son.”
Jemel Roberson was a young man who was greatly loved by all who knew him. He was the light of his mother Beatrice’s life, and was a devoted loving son. Jemel was a gifted basketball player and musician, and his love for God and his family were at the forefront of his life. Sadly, Jemel’s life was tragically and unexpectedly cut short this morning as he tried to save others from senseless violence. Today, many remember him as a hero; one who put others before himself.
To honor Jemel’s memory, a GoFundMe account has been started in hopes of collecting donations that will cover his burial expenses. For those who can donate to help the Roberson family in this tremendously difficult time, your generosity is greatly appreciated.