Illinois State Police are conducting an investigation into Roberson’s death, and Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney said the fatal encounter was “the equivalent of a ‘blue on blue,’ friendly fire incident.” However Merritt, who filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the family, disagreed with Delaney’s assessment. “If this was a case where they saw this as a friendly fire, as if a police officer was shot, then this would be handled much differently,” he said. “There would be more transparency.” Merritt has called on the Midlothian Police Department to identify the officer who fatally shot Roberson. “It’s important to put that name and face out in the public spectrum because it allows the community to report if this officer has a history of brutality,” he told CNN. “That information certainly becomes relevant for any future criminal proceedings.”
"I just broke down crying in the bathroom. For a long time I was in the bathroom 'till somebody had to come in there and cover me." Avontae Boose, the mother of Jemel Roberson's son, on learning the Chicago security guard was killed by police while at work https://t.co/K3dYfbsUlz pic.twitter.com/6eXWcd0ueW— New Day (@NewDay) November 15, 2018
Both the Midlothian Police Department and the Mayor of Robbins, IL., where the bar was located, issued condolences to Roberson’s family. But that doesn’t fill the void of his loss for Boose and her children. “He was a good father. He was a hero,” she said. “I’m going to tell them when they get older — when they get real older — what happened to their father. That he was a hero, and he saved a lot of people.” A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Roberson’s funeral arrangements and his family.
In the wake of the #thousandoaks & the #treeoflife shootings— the last thing our nation needed was another mass shooting. #JemelRoberson prevented one … and it cost him his life. He is a national hero. #RememberJemel pic.twitter.com/psYlyhGhg9— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) November 15, 2018