Community Mourns Security Guard Death, Demands Justice From Police

Jim Gudas
November 24, 2018 - 1:56 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The funeral for the African-American security guard shot and killed by a white police officer in Robbins earlier this month was held Nov. 24 on the South Side.

As mourners gathered at the House of Hope on 114th Street to say goodbye to Jemel Roberson, they also demanded punishment for the white Midlothian police officer who shot Roberson. Roberson was subduing a gunman accused by police of firing shots during a fight at Manny's Blue Room Lounge in Robbins on Nov. 11.

Jeffrey Johnson, a cousin of Roberson at the funeral, said justice needs to be served for Roberson and the police should hold the officer accountable for the shooting.

"They should bring the officer forward that killed Jemel," Johnson said.

While witnesses claim Roberson and they repeatedly told the officer Roberson was a security guard, state police said their preliminary investigation found that Roberson was wearing plain black clothing with no markings identifying him as a security guard. Investigators also say the Midlothian officer told Roberson several times to drop his gun and get on the ground before shooting him.