amily members of a black security guard shot to death by a white police officer two weeks ago marched with activists to the Midlothian police station this afternoon.

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Activists March To Midlothian Police Department After Fatal Shooting Of Security Guard

November 23, 2018 - 2:53 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Family members of a black security guard shot to death by a white police officer two weeks ago marched with activists to the Midlothian police station Friday afternoon.  

"His eyes was fogged with a blood lust to have a confrontation with a black man with a gun,” said activist Eric Russell. “We are here because this was not reckless policing, this was homicidal policing.”

The activists were marching in support of Jemel Roberson, 26, the security who successfully subdued a shooter in a South Suburban bar before being fatally shot by a responding police officer. The shooting has caused an outcry, including a call from clergy members to charge the officer with murder. 

About two dozen people chanted “no justice, no peace,”including family members of the security guard who was also in demand as a church organist and wanted to become a Chicago Police Officer. They marched about a mile on Pulaski Road to the police station.  

The mother of Roberson’s baby, Abontea Boose, held their 9-month-old son. 

“We want justice for Jemel, for his son,” she said.

The activists, including John Thompson, said they would be relentless with the pressure until they get justice.

“I’m sick of fitting the description of somebody that comes across the police radio every time they get a call,” Johnson said.  “Their adrenaline is pumping. They killed this man. This was murder. This wasn’t a good cop doing his job. And don’t taut good police officers to me because the good police officers haven’t come out and said this man lost his mind in that damn bar. He murdered that man.”

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State police are investigating the case and witnesses have refuted their statement that Roberson wasn’t wearing anything identifying him as security and that the officer repeatedly told Roberson to drop the gun he was holding on a shooting suspect.

Russell noted, “he was three times marked as a security officer.”

He said, “let me start by addressing the elephant in the room. We are absolutely outraged at the execution of Jemel Roberson.”

The Rev. Ira Acree added, “the murder of one of our community heroes will not be swept under the rug. We will be relentless in getting justice for him.”

​Activist Tio Hardiman said, “do not allow this particular incident to be swept under the carpet, under the rug so to speak.  This makes me think about what happened to Lequan McDonald.”