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Video: South Carolina trooper shoots unarmed man during traffic stop

Video has been released showing South Carolina Trooper Sean Groubert shooting an unarmed man who was reaching for his license after being pulled over for a traffic stop.

Dashboard video has been released showing South Carolina Trooper Sean Groubert shooting an unarmed man who was reaching for his license during a traffic stop earlier this month.

Groubert, 31, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.


On Sept. 4, Groubert pulled Levar Jonesover for a seat belt violation at a convenience store in Richland County. When Jones reaches into his car to retrieve his ID, Groubert immediately yells "Get out of the car!" fires several shots.

State Police fired Groubert, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Jones was hit by one bullet in the hip. He screamed at Groubert, "What did I do? . . . I just got my license, you said get my license." Jones is expected to recover.

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Groubert said he shot the man because he was reaching back into his car.

YouTube commenter Kee Hickley expressed trepidation after watching the unsettling video, saying "After seeing this I have *no* idea what to do when stopped by a cop."

"We spend a lot of time teaching the police how to respond to dangerous situations. Maybe we should instead focus on teaching them how to respond the other 99% of the time instead?" Hickley asked.

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