Footage of a South Carolina trooper shooting an unarmed man he had pulled over was released on Wednesday, leaving little doubt that the law enforcement officer’s use of force was excessive.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Sean Groubert stopped motorist Levar Jones in a gas station near Columbia on Sept. 4.
After instructing Jones to retrieve his driver’s license, for reasons that aren’t quite clear, Groubert then opened fire on the motorist, shooting him in the hip.
Following the incident, Groubert was fired. He now faces charges of aggravated assault and battery, a felony that may put him behind bars for up to 20 years if he is convicted.
“The force administered in this case was unwarranted, inconsistent with how our troopers are trained, and clearly in violation of department policies,” said South Carolina Public Safety Director Leroy Smith, upon delivering the news that Groubert would be removed from the force.
Meanwhile, Jones survived the gunshot wound. It is believed he’ll make a full recover.