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.

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

  1. Beatrice DuPont | June 17, 2017 at 6:22 am | Reply

    So, a black man can be shot because he may be getting into an expensive car that he owns. Backassward cops should be fired and the city sued. Cops yelling the “N” word is an unacceptable way to address someone. Those cops would have kept firing til they killed him had he been black.

  2. This country is in a world of TROUBLE because BLACK MEN are going to get tired!

  3. This is so damn SAD! The deputy shouted ‘HEY YOU NIGGA’ then started shooting but it was a white man. Black men don’t work in coal mine, i have never heard of it. My father took-care of twelve children he never work in a coal mine, we never wanted for food nor clothes he was always working. He didn’t die of black lungs! this Pig of a police officer should be fired he’s not fit to wear the uniform.

  4. Edward Lange the person employed as the deputy should be fired. If Lange is elected he should be impeached. Next the person employed as a deputy should be arrested. The prosecutor in that jurisdiction can file a criminal complaint or someone else should file a citizen criminal complaint. What is the state AG doing? This is corruption and criminal.

  5. Imor Lawrence | June 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm | Reply

    Any one who hate black people is in darkness and will go to hell fire so repent now before it’s too late for you.

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