Kentucky: Police shoot white coal miner 5 times, thinking he was black

Middlesboro, KY | Officers of the Bell County Sheriff Department have mistakenly shot an unarmed coal miner, thinking he was a black criminal.

37-year-old Jason Morris had just finished his night shift in a mine operated by the Bell County Coal Corporation and was boarding his vehicle to head home when the deputies arrived.

Seeing a dark-faced individual enter a brand new Lincoln Navigator worth more than $75,000, the officers believed he was an African American man attempting to steal a vehicle.

After he ignored three shouted warnings from the deputies, Mr. Morris was shot five times in the back, in both legs, and in the left arm.

Many miners witnessed the incident, and all of them insist that the shooting was totally unprovoked and unjustified.

“The deputy just shouted ‘hey you nigga’ a couple of times, then he started shooting,” says coworker, Bernie Donaldson. “The whole thing lasted less than 30 seconds, and I don’t even think Jason ever understood they were talking to him. I mean, he’s not even black!” 

Fortunately for the young miner, the officers immediately understood their mistake and he was rapidly transported at the Middlesboro ARH Hospital where his condition was stabilized.


Mr. Morris’ coworkers seemed completely shocked by the incident, and many of them openly criticized the police intervention.

Despite the critics, Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange justified the actions of the deputies and insisted that they had certainly saved Mr. Morris’ life by rapidly calling the paramedics.

“The deputies were only trying to be vigilant since three vehicles have been stolen in the mine’s parking lot over the last year,” he told reporters.

“They feared that he would enter the vehicle and try to use it as a weapon against them, so they shot him to defend themselves. And when they understood their mistake, they rapidly called an ambulance to try to save his life. Their actions were exemplary.”

The Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a loaded rifle was discovered in Mr. Morris’ vehicle after the incident.


Sheriff Lange recognized that the deputies made a mistake, but insisted that their intervention was justified.

This new shooting comes just days after black men were shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Charlotte, North Carolina and in El Cajon, California.

This series of police killings has sparked a wave of violent protests and led to increased racial tension across the United States.

11 Comments on "Kentucky: Police shoot white coal miner 5 times, thinking he was black"

  1. Calling him Nigga was professional? If he was black would you have called for help so soon?

  2. Mr.Lowery you are a moron. Hillary Clinton is the one calling young black men super predators and in an email that was released today from wikileaks she called Muslims ( sand ni**ers ). The cops in this situation need to be arrested for attempted murder.

  3. And Those Cop’s will Probably VOTE for Donald Trump, Because These ARE the Kind of People That TRUMP ATTRACT, RACISTS WHITE People.

    • Shirley Collins | October 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm |

      Don’t know if you are racist or not, God knows though. However, You seem to be one of the zombies that have their minds twisted by the liberal media and the proven to be crooked Democrats.Donald Trump is Not racist. The deputies and Sheriff involved are most definitely racist and should all be indicted.And I am not white, but yes, I am voting for Trump.What you said was bigoted, so it LOOKS like you may be the racist.

    • Well, I voted for Trump and I am none of the things you claim those who vote for Trump are.

    • Omar Gray | June 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm |

      First of all, Donald Trump is a racist and a dumb ass who is also illiterate. If he wasn’t a racist he would not have been sued for discrimination against black people. These racist cops need to be fired on the spot for targeting black people,even in this case the victim happens to be Caucasian. I guess there aren’t any black coal minors in that region considering how these jackasses think all black people are criminals.

  4. But what was his crime, having a black face? This country is in serious trouble.

  5. Jerrilynn B. Thomas | October 9, 2016 at 2:21 pm | Reply

    This proves that cops need to be retrained. Better yet, clean house of racist cops.

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