Black Motorist Paid Almost $300K After South Carolina Trooper Shoots Him (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Levar Jones was shot by ex-Highway Patrol Trooper Sean Groubert on Sept. 4, 2014, at a gas station near Columbia, South Carolina.

South Carolina recently paid Jones a $285,000 settlement because of the shooting, reports The State.

A dash-cam video (below) from Groubert's patrol cruiser showed the former trooper pulling over Jones because of an alleged seat belt violation.

Groubert demanded to see Jones' driver’s license. Moments after Jones reached into his car to get his wallet, Groubert started firing and continued to shoot even after Jones raised his hands in surrender.

After Jones was wounded, the motorist asked Groubert why he shot him.

"Well, you dove headfirst back into your car," claimed Groubert. "Then you jumped back out. I’m telling you to get outta your car.”

But Jones does not appear to dive headfirst into his car or jump out on the video.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol terminated Groubert and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety claimed Groubert violated several policies. The former trooper was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, noted CNN.

Sources: The State, CNN  Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot