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Man shot by Bellaire officer shares story with national show

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It was a shooting that enraged a nation and left a rising minor league baseball player longing for the justice he says he never received from the judicial system.

Robbie Tolan was the victim.

"It angered me, but it just kind of made me sad more than anything, that this could happen and people be not held accountable," says Tolan.

It was in 2008 when Robbie Tolan was shot in his parents' front yard by a Bellaire police officer. Tolan's attorneys say he was the victim of racial profiling.

"I lived in a very affluent neighborhood. I was from a certain background and I said it's unfortunate and it's tragic, but that probably won't happen to me and it did. It was kind of eye opener," says Tolan.

That's why Tolan is appearing in an episode of the national television show "The Injustice Files" on Investigation Discovery Channel. The episode, "Hood of Suspicion," takes a look at several cases from Trayon Martin to Robbie Tolan. Keith Beauchamp is the host and executive producer.

"We chose three particular cases to focus on that would somewhat give you a little background about racial profiling, one, as well as stand your ground laws and show how stand your ground laws actually discriminates against African Americans," says Beauchamp. He also says Tolan's case falls under the category of racial profiling, a white police officer who shoots a black man in a well-to-do community.

The host says he wants to share the story that shocked a nation when Sgt. Jeff Cotton, the cop accused of shooting Tolan, was cleared and returned back to the beat in Bellaire without missing a beat.

"The family really hasn't really got closure, no one was held accountable for what happened to Robbie I felt the need of giving him a platform on my show," said Beauchamp.

Beauchamp says the episode which airs February 13 is designed to get people to talking, enlighten some, and educate others that there's still a lot of work to do on race relations in this country.

"I was angry for a while. You know, it's easy to be angry, but that's really no way to live life," says Tolan.

In the meantime, Tolan who's now 27 years old, is in a different place. He's set his sights on a bigger picture: using his voice and his story of victimization to help others who may not see light at the end of the tunnel.

"Thankfully I'm here to do God's work so I think helping other people receive justice will help me receive justice as well," says Tolan.


The episode will premier in Houston on Friday, Feb. 8 at Kingdom Builders' Center on 6011 West Orem Drive at 7 p.m. The premiere is free and open to the public.

Tolan and Beauchamp will also be there to answer questions from the public before and after the event.

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