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Security guard throws shoes at homeless man

A Toronto security guard has been suspended following the release of a video that appears to show him throwing a pair of shoes at a homeless person lingering on Yonge Street this week. The quarrel between the pair began just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, during the morning rush to work. The video shows the man and a security guard weaving through an onslaught of pedestrians.

Caught on video

The video that captures the next moments is shaky at first, but the guard is standing in front of a building at 60 Yonge St. He takes off his jacket, walks toward the other man, and then appears to throw something at him. The argument continues until the guard picks up the homeless man’s shoes and throws them at him. One strikes the man in the ribs, the other in the back of his leg.

The person who recorded the video did not want to be identified. But the videographer wrote in an email to CBC News about seeing the security guard punch the homeless man before the filming began.

Security firm investigates

The security guard works for GardaWorld, which told CBC Toronto it is investigating the incident.

“GardaWorld was forwarded the video taken by the bystander. Upon receipt, it was immediately transferred to our corporate security team for investigation,” the firm said in a written statement. “The employee in question has been suspended pending further investigation.”

It’s unclear whether the incident could result in criminal charges.

Security Guard Throws Shoes At Homeless Man

This security guard is under investigation after being caught on video throwing shoes at a homeless man. (Submitted to CBC)

Const. Victor Kwong said that just by looking at the video, it’s hard to tell whether the security guard breached any laws.

“What we have to do is keep in mind of what this didn’t capture as well,” Kwong said. “We have to step back and take a look at the whole picture and see why it is the situation got to where it is.”

A spokesperson for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty said regardless of what sparked the altercation, the security worker acted inappropriately.

“I’m sure that security guard has his own side, but I don’t think that there’s any good explanation for why someone could act that way,” A.J. Withers said.

‘Homeless people are invisible to most people.’ – A.J. Withers, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

This happens far too often in Toronto, the poverty advocate said.

“Homeless people are dehumanized all the time and often victims of violence,” Withers said. “I’m sure it’s shocking to many people but, sadly, it’s something that we hear about or see all the time.”

The man in the video told CBC Toronto that he has been homeless for several years. Several people can be seen walking by him during the confrontation, but no one tried to stop it.

“It’s heartbreaking that no one intervenes, but it’s also not surprising,” Withers said. “That’s what you see on the street all the time, right? Homeless people are invisible to most people.”

Security guard suspended after he’s caught on video throwing shoes at a homeless man

A Toronto security guard has been suspended following the release of a video that appears to show him violently hurling a pair of shoes at a homeless person lingering on Yonge Street this week. The quarrel between the pair began just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, during the morning rush to work. A homeless man and a security guard can be seen on the video weaving through the onslaught of pedestrians, clearly in the middle of an altercation.

Caught on video

The video that captures the next moments is shaky at first, but you see the guard standing in front of a building at 60 Yonge St. He takes off his jacket, walks toward the other man, and then appears to throw something at him. The argument continues until the guard picks up the homeless man’s shoes and hurls them at him. One strikes the man in the ribs, the other in the back of his leg.

The person who recorded the video did not want to be identified, but in a email to CBC Toronto said they saw the security guard punch the homeless man before the filming began.

Security firm is investigating

The security guard works for GardaWorld security, which told CBC Toronto that they are investigating what happened.

“GardaWorld was forwarded the video taken by the bystander. Upon receipt, it was immediately transferred to our corporate security team for investigation,” the firm said in a written statement. “The employee in question has been suspended pending further investigation.”

It’s unclear, however, whether the incident could result in criminal charges.

Security Guard Suspended After He's Caught On Video Throwing Shoes At A Homeless Man

This security guard is under investigation after being caught on video throwing shoes at a homeless man. (Submitted to CBC)

Const. Victor Kwong said it’s hard to tell whether the security guard breached any laws just by looking at the video.

“What we have to do is keep in mind of what this didn’t capture as well,” Kwong said. “We have to step back and take a look at the whole picture and see why it is the situation got to where it is.”

But a spokesperson for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty said that regardless of what sparked the altercation, the security acted inappropriately.

“I’m sure that security guard has his own side, but I don’t think that there’s any good explanation for why someone could act that way,” A.J. Withers said.

‘Homeless people are invisible to most people.’ – A.J. Withers, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Withers says the video is disappointing, but not surprising. This happens far too often in Toronto, the poverty advocate said.

“Homeless people are dehumanized all the time and often victims of violence,” Withers said. “I’m sure it’s shocking to many people but, sadly, it’s something that we hear about or see all the time.”

The man in the video told CBC Toronto that he has been homeless for several years. Several people can be seen walking by him during the confrontation, but none try to stop it.

“It’s heartbreaking that no one intervenes, but it’s also not surprising,” Withers said. “That’s what you see on the street all the time, right? Homeless people are invisible to most people.”

Man sentenced to time served in lasagna theft

A 31-year-old Kingston man who periodically exhibits strange, random and sometimes hostile behaviour couldn t resist Hotel Dieu Hospital s lasagna and he really didn t want to share but it ended up costing him 45 days behind bars. Ryan J. McAvany was ultimately sentenced to time served, however, and released after his lawyer, Dan Scully, assured Justice Larry O Brien that his client is now back on his medications. McAvany pleaded guilty in Kingston s Ontario Court of Justice to stealing consumables on March 27; assaulting a hospital security guard by threatening to use the 2.72-kg tray of Italian food as a weapon against her; assaulting a pursuing Kingston Police officer; and violating probation he received in October 2016 by failing to keep the peace.

Assistant Crown attorney Janet O Brien told the judge that McAvany was actually subject to two separate probation orders that Monday afternoon when he was overheard admiring the food and musing aloud that he d kill for some of that. Not settling for half measures, however, he grabbed the entire lasagna from a hospital food service tray and ran into the street. Crown prosecutor O Brien told the judge McAvany was initially pursued by a female hospital security guard. But he turned on the woman, demanding to know, Do you want to die? Do you want to die for this? before threatening, I ll f—— hit you with it.

A male Kingston Police officer then took over the pursuit and followed McAvany for six blocks to North Street and into Riverview Park, across from Rideaucrest Home. There, the Crown prosecutor said, McAvany made his stand, charging at the officer with clenched fists from a distance of about 10 metres. She told Justice O Brien his attack was halted mid-stride, however, when the police officer pulled out his pepper spray and gave McAvany a spritz.

Defence lawyer Scully told the judge that his client was homeless when he took the food and he has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. One of the frustrating things about bipolar disorder, Scully explained, is that those afflicted have a tendency, when they feel good, to believe they don t really need their prescribed medications. And in the case of his client, he said, of course, when he dabbles in [street] drugs, all bets are off.

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