By Larry Johnson
A state trooper has been fired in the American state of Georgia after the death of another Black man at the hands of police.
Jacob Gordon Thompson, 27, the trooper, was arrested and charged with felony murder in the death of Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis, 60.
Thompson shot Lewis after attempting to arrest him for having a broken tail light on his Nissan Sentra..
“The car refused to stop and led the trooper on a brief chase down several county roads,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. “The trooper initiated a Precision Intervention Technique (PIT) and the car came to a stop in the ditch.”
What happened after the chase isn’t clear in several news reports about the incident, but at some point, fired a shot that killed Lewis. Lewis was shot in the forehead. Thompson reported that he feared for his safety after Lewis was revving his engine.
Here is the incident report:
And here is the “use of force” report:
Lewis had been returning from a convenience store, where he’d bought his wife a grape soda.