Georgia State Trooper Charged with Murder for Killing Man over Broken Tail Light

Keith Palmer

A state trooper killed a Black man for no reason during a police chase after the suspect vehicle had came to a stop

A Georgia state trooper who shot and killed a man over a broken tail light was arrested Friday and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

Trooper Jacob Thompson, 27, is accused of firing a single shot at a 60-year-old Black man named Julian Lewis after forcing his car into a ditch when then older man did not stop after he tried pulling him over on August 7.

Thompson claimed he was in fear for his life because Lewis was driving right towards him but the Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined that was not the case.

The GBI said Thompson pursued Lewis down several county roads in Screven County before performing a precision intervention technique by striking the side of Lewis' car near the rear tire, forcing it to spin out of control and end up in a ditch.

Thompson is accused of firing a single shot moments later after Lewis emerged from the car, striking him in the forehead, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

But Thompson claimed he was in fear for his life, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“At some point, I heard the engine on the violator’s vehicle revving at a high rate of speed,” he wrote in the report. “I saw him wrenching the steering wheel in an aggressive back and forth manner towards me and my patrol vehicle. It appeared to me that the violator was trying to use his vehicle to injure me. Being in fear for my life and safety, I discharged my weapon once.”

The Georgia Department of Public Safety issued the following statement:

“The Georgia Department of Public Safety terminated Jacob G. Thompson today, Aug. 14, 2020, due to his negligence or inefficiency in performing assigned duties; or commission of a felony. Thompson was hired on July 28, 2013."

“No one should have to bury a loved one simply because of a busted tail light,” the Rev. James Woodall, president of the Georgia NAACP, told ABC News.

“This was a case of racial profiling. We are not necessarily happy right now. Yes, the man was arrested, but we’re done dying.”

Residents in the area said Thompson had a reputation of racially profiling drivers, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Comments (7)
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Think 4 urself
Think 4 urself

He was killed by a road pirate because he refused to stop to be extorted for a victimless crime. Justice will only be served if the road pirate is put before a firing squad made up entirely of the victims family.

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

Expecting real justice in America is similar to expecting Donald Trump to go a day without lying. A Fantasy.

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Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

Half the job is done by him being arrested but the other half of the battle is going to be him being found guilty which would be the right thing to do.😡😎

gburg61
gburg61

DJT is the best friend a common man has idiot. In case you havent noticed LEO's have been after him since day one. Trying to frame him from all angles but i guess stupidity runs rampant sometimes

gburg61
gburg61

Yeah but the tail light was really broken and its not like he could just take down the lisence plate and mail him a ticket? We train these guys like soldiers why be surprised..very sad

PeteGurdal
PeteGurdal

Thank you!

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

it looks like that "i feared for my safety" thing is not working anymore!
now when will the gbi do something about the blue lies mafia thugs that shot at a car full of kids........


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