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.
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.”
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Port Authority Police are on the lookout for a person of interest following a security breach at LaGuardia s busy central terminal Tuesday evening.
Now, a local congressman is on the hunt for an explanation. The breach forced an evacuation of the terminal and disrupted travel for hundreds of passengers. The Transportation Security Administration says it handled the incident properly, but Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.) isn t so sure.
I am sending a letter tomorrow to the acting TSA administrator, sending it from the Homeland Security Committee to get a full detailed explanation of what happened, King said. King is calling Tuesday s security breach extremely serious. Surveillance video shows a man walking upstairs through baggage claim and entering the secure area of Terminal B through a guarded exit.
The security officer who should have stopped him didn t do so.
We saw what happened in Manchester, King said. We have to constantly be on our guard, and this was a breach that has to be explained and corrected. Sources tell CBS2 there was a delay notifying Port Authority police, who determined the breach required the terminal to be cleared, checked for bombs, and re-screened every passenger who was evacuated. On Wednesday, Port Authority police issued a BOLO approved by a supervisor with the Joint Terrorism Task Force for a man who investigators want to find and ask some pointed questions.
He has a bulge under his sweatshirt which clearly causes serious concern, security expert Anthony Roman tells CBS2 s Tony Aiello. For a critical checkpoint like this, it s just unforgivable.
Roman says terror groups monitor news coverage of security breaches, so even though it s highly likely this man meant absolutely no harm, his success at penetrating security won t go unnoticed.
It s just as useful for terror cells planning attacks to observe weak points in that fashion as it is to run dry runs themselves, he said. TSA sources tell CBS2 s Aiello they think the person of interest was just looking for a misplaced cell phone at the time of the breach. The security officer who failed to stop that man faces discipline and may even lose her job, according to sources.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Some women living and working downtown are on alert after three attacks in parking garages this week. Monday and Tuesday, a total of three women reported three different downtown Indianapolis assaults, including two for sexual battery. Two attacks, reported as battery and sexual battery, were reported at a garage at East St. and Market St. on Monday morning.
In the second case, the woman had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Police believe both are connected. Then another report of sexual battery came from a garage at Michigan and Delaware on Tuesday. The garage manager, concerned that woman was robbed and almost raped , sent an email to company and city officials urging them to hire a security guard.
But IMPD survival tactics trainer Officer Patterson notes security can t be everywhere at all times.
Put your cell phone away, said Patterson. Pay attention to your surroundings. Look back every 10 or 15 steps if you re by yourself, just a casual look back every once in a while. Patterson says some people are too worried about being polite. They avoid reporting suspicious people out of fear of offending, possibly putting themselves in danger.
Even if they don t mean you any harm, at least get them checked out, said Patterson. My question is why are you hanging out in a garage? If you re not going to your car, what s the purpose? Besides being prepared with a self-defense plan, Patterson s most important piece of advice is to listen to your gut.
Typically, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up, said Patterson. If something tells you, Hey something isn t right, listen to that!
The company that runs this garage is working to get additional security for the garage.
And if you want to learn self-defense, IMPD s downtown district is offering free classes, you just have to give them a call.