South Carolina man shot by trooper speaks out on TV for first time

S.C. Man Shot by Trooper Finds Video 'Shocking and Disturbing'
S.C. Man Shot by Trooper Finds Video 'Shocking and Disturbing'

A South Carolina man gave his first television interview after being shot by a state trooper during a routine traffic stop. A warning: some viewers might find this video disturbing. Trooper Sean Groubert asked, "Can I see your license please?" Levar Jones, who was unarmed, was shot in the hip. He is still recovering from his injuries and is currently using a cane.

After Groubert asked if he was hit, Levar Jones explained, "I think so. I can't feel my leg. I don't know what happened; I just grabbed my license."

Former Trooper Sean Groubert says he had stopped Jones for a seat belt violation. He's been charged with aggravated assault and battery and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The 31-year-old was fired from his job as a state trooper following the shooting.

The video of the incident wasn't released until two weeks after the Sept. 4 shooting. Jones and his lawyer appeared on the "Today" show and said that was a tough time for Jones because, for a lot of people, his side of the story didn't seem to add up.

"It's the weeks that I had to go through looking people in the eye and telling them: 'Basically I pulled over at a gas station, an officer asked me for my identification and when I reached for my identification I was shot at.'"

"It's shocking, and it's very disturbing,'' Jones said of the event. "Me personally, I wasn't the only person that was affected by this. I know total strangers that have met me after the fact and told me they started crying."

This, of course, comes after a number of cases in which white policemen shot unarmed black men. The most high-profile case led to clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The officer in that case, Darren Wilson, has not been charged with a crime.

Groubert has been released on $75,000 bond. His lawyer says there is more than one way to interpret the video.

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