— An S.C. trooper who stopped a man for a seat belt violation outside Columbia and then shot him – apparently without provocation – was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Sean Groubert, 31, a lance corporal who was fired from the Highway Patrol after the shooting incident, now faces 20 years in prison if convicted of wrongfully shooting the driver, Levar Jones.
The first mistake, the driver, Mr. Jones, should not have reached into his car. The second. the Trooper was awful fast to start shooting. I never saw a threat presented, no gun, no knife, not even a club. Last time I checked, not wearing a seat belt was a fine, not a capital offence. Especially a death sentence to be carried out right there and then. Mr Jones is luck the copper was a lousy shot.