Mall fires one of security guards caught on video of takedown
CALGARY — One of the security guards involved in a violent takedown captured on video has been fired.
Officials at Chinook Centre say further disciplinary action could follow.
The arrest was posted on YouTube and shows a security guard punching a man who was pinned to the ground by four other officers.
In a published statement, mall officials say they take the matter very seriously and their priority is to ensure the safety of all patrons, tenants and staff.
Although the video does not show what led to the takedown, audio can be heard suggesting the man had a pair of scissors on him.
Daniel Doussept, who is 31, says he was at the mall to see a movie with a friend and insists he did nothing wrong and was not fighting back.
Doussept was given a ticket for trespassing and released.
No charges have been laid. The man who took the video says the guards used excessive force.
“It seemed unfair,” says Tremaine Lea.
“I wanted to catch it on video and if it escalated, wanted to help him out. To me, the amount of force they used was really, really, excessive. They had him pinned. If they wanted to, they certainly had him under control. He certainly wasn’t struggling except to react when they hit him. I just felt I had to catch that on video.