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July 2020, a shopper was fatally shot by a security guard, at a Gardena store in Los Angeles, for not wearing a mask. The person was instantly stopped by the security guard and asked to leave. The altercation led to a physical argument, and sadly escalated to a deadly shooting. As a result of this fatal shooting, the security guard is now facing 50 years to life in prison. With the overall rising tensions across the country that have stemmed from the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to set up proper security guard hiring procedures and training, so incidents such as this one can be avoided.
Unfortunate events, such as this shooting, allow us to look back and reflect how we can approach the situation differently, from the top down.
Being a security guard is a profession, which is unfortunately is not taken seriously. The stigma comes from a variety of factors: low wages, bad benefits, easy licensing, easy work. This discourages candidates and professionals with more extensive professional experience from pursing security positions. This doesn’t mean that there’s a lack of quality candidates available. If security companies are creative with their hiring process and candidate vetting, we can churn out better guards, with better training, who will know how to deter a situation like this from escalating to a fatality.
Watch the video below, for full details of the event.
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