Lawsuit filed by family of security guard killed by police

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The family of an African-American security guard shot and killed by a white police officer is suing that officer and the village of Midlothian, Illinois.

They allege the officer shot the guard after the victim, Jemel Roberson, apprehended a suspect authorities were seeking.

The problem with Jemel is he was black! And this mystery officer needs to be fired!,” Father Michael Pfleger said.

A group of clergy and activists also are demanding for more transparency and action in the case.

Roberson was working at Manny’s Blue Room in suburban Chicago when someone opened fire, injuring several people. 

Roberson, 26, was able to tackle and subdue the shooter, preventing more people from being shot. He was holding the suspect at gunpoint and shot after officers from several agencies responded to the scene.

About 50 people rallied Friday in the Midlothian police parking lot to protest the slaying.

State police have said witnesses told investigators a Midlothian officer ordered Roberson to drop his gun before opening fire. Witnesses also reportedly shouted before the shooting that Roberson was a guard.

Roberson was black. The officer is white. The officer is on paid leave and his name has not been released.

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