A man hospitalized after being shot by a Sacramento, California, security guard outside a convenience store now is suing the guard and his prior employer, claiming the guard used excessive force.
California’s Bureau of Security and Investigative Services has received multiple complaints about Anthony Loyola, a firearms trainer whose curriculum allegedly lacks the required hours at a shooting range but does include films such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Fast and the Furious.”
Former armed security guard Lukace Kendle, who previously was found incompetent to stand trial, got a judge’s approval to represent himself against murder and attempted murder charges in the 2012 shooting of two unarmed black men in a Miami strip club parking lot.
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State Auditor Elaine Howle said California’s failure to confiscate firearms from people with serious mental illnesses who are prohibited from owning guns is creating a risk to public safety.
When a police officer pulls the trigger, it touches off a prescribed set of events, including an investigation. But that’s not the case with security guards.
Find out what’s working – and what’s not – in states’ efforts to regulate armed security guards.
If Arizona had required gun-ownership background checks for security guards, one guard might not have begun work at a Circle K convenience store where he later shot and paralyzed an unarmed teenager.
Reveal discovered armed guards with histories of civil rights violations, excessive force and corruption that did not trail them from their former lives as police, sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers.
Twelve states that reported that they are running guard applicants through an FBI records check actually are obtaining only a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
Only four states require armed-guard applicants to undergo a mental health evaluation, which is standard for law enforcement officers.