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Security Company May Change Its Policy

From a non-judgmental Associated Press:

Officials seek policy change after tunnel beating

Thursday, February 11, 2010

SEATTLE — Three unarmed security guards were following orders last month when they stood by without intervening as a 15-year-old girl was badly beaten in a downtown Seattle bus tunnel. Now the company they work for and government officials say those orders should be revised.

The guards’ actions during the brutal attack – captured on surveillance video – prompted an outcry from Metro Transit and King County authorities, who said they wished the guards had broken up the fight even though they’re not supposed to.

"We are very disappointed in what people see in that video," said Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond. "It was absolutely unacceptable."

Police arrived minutes after the attack, and after the group had fled. Investigators tracked down four, including the alleged attacker, and arrested them on Friday and Saturday. The four were all charged with first-degree robbery.

In court papers filed Wednesday against the teen girl accused of attacking the 15-year-old and the three young men accused of stealing her purse, phone and iPod, the victim told authorities she thought the security guards would protect her.

Surveillance video first aired by Seattle’s KING-TV [sic] this week shows the attack at Westlake Station on Jan. 28. The victim appears several seconds before her attackers and sidles up to the three guards, who are standing together and talking.

When a group of teens and young adults approaches the girl, she appears to seek refuge by moving around to the other side of the guards.

Another 15-year-old girl shoves the victim and begins punching her. The two crash into a wall and then onto the floor. The assailant gets up and kicks and stomps on the girl’s head. Others grab her purse, iPod and cell phone.

The guards, who have standing orders to "observe and report," called police.

The victim told a King County sheriff’s detective that the group followed her from a nearby department store into the bus tunnel at Westlake Station on Jan. 28, and she deliberately stood next to the three guards.

At the department store, two Seattle police officers noticed the escalating situation and kicked the group out of the Macy’s, then brought the girl and her friend to another exit, the victim said. She reported that she asked the officers for an escort to the bus tunnel, just below the department store, but the officers refused.

"Had these officers known what was to transpire, they probably would have paid for a cab for this victim to be taken safely to her home, but they didn’t know. They broke up a couple of disturbances and provided the victim an opportunity to leave the area via bus," said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a Seattle police spokesman.

One of the defendants, 18-year-old Dominique Whitaker, told detectives that earlier in the evening the victim had pepper-sprayed another person in the group.

The 15-year-old, who reported that she lost consciousness during the attack, was not hospitalized but did see a doctor.

King County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart said the guards were right to follow their training.

"If you’re a bank teller and you do something other than give them the money, you’re going to get fired," Urquhart said. "We don’t expect civilians to take police action. In this case, it was a violent fight, and they were outnumbered by this pack of people 3-to-1."

Metro Transit contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office for 68 police officers, and supplements that force with civilian guards provided by Olympic Security Services Inc. of Tukwila, Wash. All three of the guards involved are Olympic employees.

The guards’ duties include helping customers and reporting suspicious objects, disruptive behavior and equipment problems.

Olympic Security President Mark Vinson did not immediately return calls seeking comment Wednesday. Desmond said he has been in close contact with the company, and its executives were disappointed in the response of the guards.

Olympic Security is working up a proposed contract revision that could include additional training and new guidelines on how and when guards should intervene, Desmond said.

"They are highly motivated to make changes very quickly," Desmond said. "I am motivating them, and they have a reputation to keep."

Other options include hiring armed guards.

Unarmed guards could put themselves and others at risk if they intervene in certain situations. But this incident was largely a fight between two teenage girls, and there does not appear to be any indication that the larger group would have become involved if the guards broke it up, Desmond said

The girl charged with being the primary attacker faces up to 2 1/2 years in juvenile detention if convicted. Whitaker and Latroy D. Hayman, 20, each face a sentence of 31 to 41 months in prison if convicted, and the third adult defendant, Tyrone J. Watson, 18, could face a sentence of 36 to 48 months in prison.

What an outrageous situation, all the way around. Starting with these kids, who are simply savages.

Still, imagine the outcry from the ACLU and the other defenders of our rights if these civilian security guards had violated a young thug’s rights in trying to protect the victim?

Just imagine the lawsuits.

(See BillK’s comment below for the original AP report on this incident.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Security Company May Change Its Policy”

  1. BillK says:

    Feel safe when you see security guards? Don’t.

    From a mocking Associated Press:

    Security Guards Watch as Girl, 15, Beaten in Seattle Metro Bus Tunnel

    SEATTLE — Three security guards watched a group of teens punch, kick and rob a 15-year-old girl in the downtown Seattle Metro bus tunnel without intervening.

    Security video shows the guards call for help on their radios, but they don’t go to the aid of the girl even as she is being kicked in the head.

    A dispute involving a group of 10 teens apparently started inside a department store the evening of Jan. 28 and moved to the bus tunnel at Westlake Station, where the girl was attacked.

    The King County sheriff’s office tells KING-TV four suspects, ages 15 to 20, have been arrested in the investigation.

    Metro Transit General Manager says it’s revising its policy that guards only “observe and report” problems.


    This is no different from many retail stores and banks, where guards will actually be fired if they act.

    • jobeth says:

      Or school teachers. Or school bus drivers/aids.

      They may not be law enforcement but as authority figures they should be held responsible and backed up when they act to protect a child.

      They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Sued by the victims parents if they don’t act to protect and sued by the perps parents if they do.

      On top of that they risk being fired if they do act.

      As far as these people are concerned, they ARE in law enforcement…shame on these useless people. They become part of a bigger problem by behavior like this. They beg firing

  2. trailortrash says:

    crying shame, :(
    prayers to the girl assaulted and pity for the weak souls that watched. there aint a rule thats been made that would have kept me from stopping that assault.

  3. mr_bill says:

    These gutless guys should have white (for surrender) vests which say “Observer” rather than “Security.” And why is it that everytime you hear about some horrible public beating of a teenager, its always the same sub-culture perpetrating the beating?

  4. The Girl and her family might well own Olympic security before this is said and done.

  5. Petronius says:

    This video might serve as a metaphor for the collapse of Western Civilization.

    Here we see all of the outward trappings of our civilization –– modern technology, shiny escalators, new buses and trains, security cameras and surveillance videos, electric lighting, public address systems, cell phones and radio communications. And everything it represents is swept aside in a few moments, easily overcome by a pack of brutal savages.

    One of the basic requirements for a civilization to exist is that society is ordered by a system of laws which are enforced in such a way that people may carry on trade and go about their ordinary day-to-day affairs with reasonable expectations about the outcomes of their actions and, in times of peace, without danger of attack.

    Those conditions have not existed in American cities for many decades now.

    • Right of the People says:

      This wouldn’t happen in a city like Boise or Butte where conceal carry is the order of the day. Only in liberal enclaves in our most “sophisticated” cities do you see this type of thing, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland OR, etc. Also Detroit and sadly our nation’s capitol.

      After taking back our political system we need to take back our streets.

  6. proreason says:

    It’s a microcosm of liberalism.

    The thugs were just exercising their personal sovereignity.

  7. Confucius says:

    –boys no longer hitting girls
    –girls now hitting girls
    –bystanders no longer helping victims
    –security no longer stopping crime

    Is this primitive or advanced?

  8. amber says:

    A girl was hitting my daughter in school when she was in Kindergarden (both were kindergardeners). I told my daughter that if the teachers are not doing anything that she needs to hit the girl back and hit her so hard that she will not be able to get up and continue the fight. I told the school my instructions and they said they did not condone hitting and I said, “then you better do your job and make sure no one hits my daughter.” That was the second time I spoke to the school. The attacks stopped.
    I relayed this story to someone and she said that violence is never an option. She said that if I was being attacked I would call the police and that is the right thing to do. UMMM Nope, I would pul my gun out and either kill the person or subdue them and then cal the police. Too many people think that the police and security guards are there to protect them, but they are not. There are even laws protecting the police from a lawsuit if they fail to act to defend someone. Legally, they do not have to protect you.

    Another incident happend on a school bus in my community a couple of years ago. 3 older boys beat up a 7 year old on the bus. The bus driver pulled over the bus and got out and waited until the kids were done beating on the 7 year old.

    Another incident happened recently where a retarted girl was raped in broad daylight on the sidewalk of a city street. No one tried to help her. The attacker had a knife, not a gun. Why didn’t anyone stop their car and pull out their tire iron and bash the guy in the head? People watched, some called the police, but no one tried to protect her.

  9. GetBackJack says:

    Clockwork Orange

  10. Melly says:

    I despise those who watched and did nothing more than the animal kicking that girl’s head in.

  11. canary says:

    Obama admitted voting in favor of gang-bangers, voted against a bill to protect our children from sex-offenders, voted against life-saving treatment…

    Axelrod behind scrubbing official voting record in which Obama voted against bill to make

    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama 2006; excepts from chapter “Politics” pgs 132-133

    …. and my own research team spent many hours combing through my record in an effort to anticipate what negative ads the republicans might have up their sleeves.
    They didn’t find a lot, but they found enough to do the trick–a dozen or so votes that, if deseribed without context, could be made to sound pretty
    scary. When my media consultant, David Axelrod, tested them in a poll, my approval rating immediately dropped ten points. There was the criminal law bill that purported to crack down on drug dealing in schools, but had been so poorly drafted that I concluded it was both ineffective and unconstitutional—
    “Obama voted to weaken penalties on gang-bangers who deal drugs in schools,” is how the poll described it. there was a bill sponsored by antiabortion activists that on its face sounded reasonable enough-it mandated lifesaving measures for premature babies (the bill didn’t mention that such measures were already the law) – but also extended “personhood”
    to prevent viable fetuses, thereby effectively overturning Roe v Wade; in the poll, I was said to have voted to deny lifesaving treatment to babies born alive,” Running down the list, I came across a claim that while in the state legislature I had voted against a bill to “protect our children from sex offenders,”
    “Wait a minute,” I said, snatching the sheet from David’s hands. “I accidentally pressed the wrong button on that bill. I meant to vote aye,
    and had it immediately corrected in the offical record.”
    David smiled, “Somehow I don’t think that portion of the official record will make it into a Republican ad.”

    And page 106 Obama missed a vote because he had taken a month off, and then went to Hawaii for Christmas. Obama was so upset when the headlines read
    “While Chicago suffered the highest murder rate in it’s history, Brack Obama…”

    The gangbangers was no accident. Obama just has more empathy for former criminals like himself, he chose to organize with. It was his best former imprisoned gangbanger, coverted muslim that led Obama to Rev. Wright’s and that would mean Obama did not find out suddenly, that he pushed the wrong button voting against a bill to keep children away from sexual offenders, because Obama’s Trinity specialized in ministry to sex-offenders, to include the recent legislation protecting sexual deviants.

    And his excuse for voting against providing life-saving measures to a baby is absurd when he took it upon himself to make “partial birth/full-term abortion legal” & wrote death panels in his health bill.

    Obama scares himself? And what did David Axle-rod do to scrub an official voting record, and nice to know the two find it amusing.

    Plus, there was another anti-gang crime bill, Obama totally missed voting on

    because he was vacationing in Hawaii, which he blamed on his wife & little girl. And how the paper didn’t even let him explain his marriage was in trouble and his wife wouldn’t speak to him on the way back, and the baby cried on the plane trip. Obama was a bully growing up. Got in fights.

    In all of Obama’s sick paragraph descriptions of white people, with pasty yellow hair, Obama witnessed a gang shooting, but for the first time, he could not describe the gangster.

    Just as the one security guard, does his turn his wrist backwards, hip swaggering turn, and won’t look, because he doesn’t want to witness.


    as in he is disclaiming his own words out of modesty for his Novelty of being Exotic Black Stylish Communicator.

    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (chap “Politics” pg 120)

    ” A disclaimer here: For a three-year span, from the time that I announced my candidacy for the Senate to the end of my first year as senator, I was the beneficiary of unusually – and at times undeservedly–positive press coverage. No doubt some of this had to do with my status as an underdog in my Senate primary, as well as my novelty as a black candidate with an exotic background. Maybe it also has had something to do with my style of communicating, which can be rambling, hesitant, and overly verbose (both my staff and Michelle often remind me of this), but which perhaps finds sympathy in the literacy class.”…

    Oh, he is most vain human being on the earth.

  12. MinnesotaRush says:

    Talk about “The Lord of the Flies” (novel) being played out …

    More of the continuation of the spiritual decline of our population.

    There’s just so much wrong with ALL of this .. stunning! Sad!

  13. canary says:

    The security guards may have been muslims who have no respect for women.

    I think the media’s ending comment “amazingly, she’s going to be okay” is totally irresponsible, as they are not privy to her medical condition.
    Just because she will live, does not mean she is not physically and/or mentally scarred for life.
    And citizens didn’t seem to try and help the poor girl either, perhaps thinking the guards would act. Our mall has police officers at entries & exits of our malls do these gangs that harrass & terrorize people leaving or entering.

  14. JaneLovesJesus says:

    How does one call himself a MAN and standby while someone is stomped mercilessly?

    Or is this what happens when we trade tradition in for androgonous metrosexuality? This is shameful.

    Hell yes, she should sue that company out of existance. If wearing a uniform with the word SECURITY on it isn’t setting a reasonable expectation that you will protect someone than what is it? Pay for your false advertising. It pales next to what that young girl paid for it.

  15. Confucius says:

    An update from AP:

    Bus tunnel victim says she sought help from police

    Feb 13, 2010

    SEATTLE – A teenage girl beaten in a Seattle bus tunnel as three security guards who were following company orders looked on said Friday that she sought help from the guards and police but was rebuffed.

    Speaking at a news conference, 15-year-old Aiesha Steward-Baker said she asked Seattle police for help several times at a shopping center and Macy’s in the hour before the Jan. 28 attack.

    In a news release, Seattle police said, “During the hour prior to the attack, it is known that Seattle Police foot-beat officers had at least two contacts with both parties. During these two interactions, it is agreed that the officers separated the involved individuals and instructed the 15-year-old girl to leave the area. …

    The Seattle Times reports that friends and relatives of the four arrested have said the situation has been blown out of proportion. They said the two girls have fought each other often over the past two years, and that the girl beaten this time has usually won.


    So does anyone else share blame alongside the children of the corn? The do-nothing onlookers and security guards? The near-do-nothing police? How about the unashamed parents of the savage teenagers?

    • Steve says:

      Other reports noted that Ms. Steward-Baker had been in contact with the police at the mall.

      She asked them to escort her, but they refused.

      Reportedly, they offered to pay her bus fare to get home. But they would not pay for a taxi cab.

  16. jobeth says:

    “it is agreed that the officers separated the involved individuals and instructed the 15-year-old girl to leave the area. …”

    For her own safety she should have left the area voluntarily…however why is SHE being TOLD to leave? Shouldn’t the perps be told to leave? Or arrested?

    As always…the victim of the crime is told to make alterations in their activities. The perps…can’t inconvenience them, can we?

    If the LE don’t believe the perps will leave…arrest them…Lord knows in this case they had every reason to do so.

    Reminds me of the woman who took in 70 pages of threatening emails to prove she needed a restraining order…only to have it brushed off till later by the Judge. She’s dead now. Although this kind of nut wouldn’t have paid a bit of attention to a piece of paper, she should have been able to get this guy arrested, then and there. She had her proof.

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