‘Sir, why was I shot?’​

Because you were Driving While Black, and in a oh-so-typical southern good ol’ boy cop’s mind (or what passes for a mind), that made you guilty, doncha know.

Atlanta — Amid a number of US inquiries into worrisome police behavior, some critics are asking a difficult question: Have American police officers’ trigger fingers gotten too itchy?

South Carolina authorities on Wednesday released a dashcam video showing former Highway Patrol officer Sean Groubert asking motorist Levar Jones, who is black, to get his license and then shooting him in the hip as he reaches into his car for the license.

“Sir, why was I shot?” Mr. Jones, who is recovering from the shooting, can be heard saying.

If you ask someone to produce their licence, common sense would dictate you let him do so.

But common sense is something Officer Groubert clearly lacks, though he doesn’t lack for murderous hateful bigotry.

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High school student arrested and suspended for writing a story about killing a pet dinosaur

Homeschool / private school / Christian school your kids!

A high-school student in the US state of South Carolina has been arrested and suspended from school over a writing assignment in which he claimed to have killed his neighbour’s pet dinosaur, it’s been reported.

Alex Stone, 16, says he was told to write something in the style of a Facebook status update for a project at Summerville High School. But when he allegedly wrote: “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business,” worried teachers called the police, local news station WCSC reports. Officials questioned Stone and searched his schoolbag and locker but didn’t find any weapons. But police say the boy was difficult during questioning, and he was arrested and charged with disturbing the school, the SF Gate website says. Stone was also suspended for a week.

The boy’s mother, Karen Gray, says she thinks the school overreacted. “I could understand if they made him rewrite it,” she says in an interview with NY Daily News, adding the school didn’t call her to explain what was happening. Meanwhile, her son says he’s frustrated and would prefer to be home-schooled from now on. “I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don’t see the harm in it,” he says.

Man Loses Job, Gets Slapped With $525 Federal Charge for Mistakenly Taking $0.89 Soda Refill and Not Paying

Overreaction!

A construction worker from North Charleston, S.C., is jobless and saddled with a $525 federal citation for mistakenly taking a $0.89 soda refill he thought was free at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston.

The construction worker, Christopher Lewis, told WISTV that that the Wednesday incident was an honest mistake for which he tried to make amends by offering to pay the $0.89 for the soda refill when he was confronted by the Federal Police Force.

“Every time I look at the ticket, it’s unbelievable to me,” Lewis, told WISTV. “I can’t fathom the fact that I made a $0.89 mistake that cost me $525.”

A hospital spokesperson, however, called the incident “theft of government property.” The VA spokesperson said Lewis should have known the refill wasn’t free because there are signs all over the hospital informing patrons of the cafeteria to that effect.

Lewis said he never noticed the signs and had refilled for free several times before. On Wednesday, when he went back for a refill, however, he was accosted by a man who identified himself as the chief of police.

“As I was filling my cup up, I turned to walk off and a fella grabbed me by the arm and asked me if was I going to pay for that, and I told him I wasn’t aware that I had to pay for that,” said Lewis.

It was at this point that he offered to pay for the soda but his offer was refused. He was then taken to a room where he was slapped with shoplifting charges and told not to return to the premises, losing his job in the process.

“I’m done there, at the VA hospital. I’m not allowed to go on the premises anymore. I asked him, ‘Can I still work on the job site and just bring my lunch and not got to the cafeteria?’ And he said he wanted me off the premises,” said Lewis.