You can’t test courage cautiously. #rooftopkicking #taekwondo
So my girlfriend is out of town and asked me to house her cats for the weekend. I have my pup Kingston staying at my aunt’s to avoid some extra trauma on the kitties. I give you cat people kudos for caring for cats. It’s only been a little over 24 hrs and my place stinks of litter. I don’t know how you cat owners do it.
I WAS working on a website for a client of mine until yesterday’s review. The highly opinionated client said that whatever I delivered was underwhelming. “A 5-yr old could’ve done that!” So I’ve made a decision today to just forfeit the pay and refuse further work. I am VERY tempted to add “go hire a six year old to do it!” at the end of my email.
On August 9, as you may already know, since the story made national news, a security guard at Westlake Center pepper-sprayed the wrong dude. It began with a shirtless white man accosting pro-Palestinian demonstrators on the busy intersection of Fourth and Pike in downtown Seattle, according to witnesses and photos. The unidentified man was shouting in their faces, calling them names like “towel-head” and “sand nigger” and “picking fights” with the protesters, according to witnesses and a police report.
Twenty-five-year-old Raymond Wilford, who is black, was walking by on his way to meet a friend at the Westlake Center mall. The shirtless man spit at him, Wilford said, and the two squared off but didn’t throw any punches at each other. Then a Westlake security guard appeared.
"The security guard was like, ‘Stop,’" Wilford said in an interview. "The white guy was still yelling and walking towards the security guard. I was like, ‘Why are you pointing your Mace at me? He’s the one being aggressive.’ And then he [the mall cop] pepper-sprayed me." According to witnesses and a police report, the spray blew into other people’s faces and left them with red eyes.
Alex Garland, a local photojournalist, caught it all on camera. The story was so egregious that national outlets like the Huffington Post and Gawker picked it up. Garland’s video of the guard’s awkward attempt to detain Wilford after he pepper-sprayed him racked up hundreds of thousands of online views.
As the terrifying police crackdown on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, continues to play out in front of a national audience, the incident at Westlake Center represents yet another example of law enforcement brutalizing a young, unarmed black man. The pepper-spray incident also raises a bunch of questions: Why was a private security guard using force on and then detaining someone who’d done nothing wrong? Does mall security have a right to police what happens on a public sidewalk? (According to photos, the incident occurred between a Starbucks and a street curb, rather than inside the mall or close to the entrance.) Why didn’t Seattle police, who were assigned to the pro-Palestinian protest, intervene earlier? Why weren’t they doing anything about the belligerent shirtless man? Why, for that matter, wasn’t the mall security cop? And who was the security guard who pepper-sprayed Wilford in the face, anyway? Will he be held accountable for his actions?
Let’s start with that last question. Valor Security, the nation’s 11th largest security firm, is paid to keep the peace at Westlake Center by General Growth Properties, the mall’s owner-operator. Both companies refused to tell me the name of the Valor employee in question. They would not say whether he was still working or had been suspended or fired. Kelly Zenz, Valor’s Westlake security director, would only say that the incident is under investigation.
But if one zooms in on a photo of the guard grabbing Wilford’s arm in the moments after Wilford has been maced, a name tag on the guard’s shirt is clearly visible. “S. HINDS ASST. DIRECTOR,” it says. The guard is wearing a wristband that says in capital letters, “STOP. THINK.”
During a visit to the Westlake Center food court last week, I spotted Hinds, dressed in the same white uniform and wide-brimmed blue hat, standing and talking with someone, apparently working. I saw his name tag. I took a cell-phone photo of him from a ways away. But as I got closer to try to speak with him, he abruptly turned and disappeared around a corner. (I don’t know whether he saw me.)
That evening, Wayne Peck, a private security guard at a retailer in Everett, contacted The Stranger to say that he and his friend had recognized the guard in the photos as Stuart Hinds. Both had worked with Hinds at Everett Mall in the past. Peck’s friend, another longtime security officer, asked not to be identified by name.
Valor Security refused to confirm or deny that the S. in S. Hinds stands for Stuart.
"When I worked with him, he was all by the book," explained Peck’s friend in an interview. "He was not a hothead… I can’t wrap my head around why he would do this." He suggested that Valor Security should suspend him immediately and then transfer him to a different location. "It’s not safe or applicable for him to be working anymore at Westlake Center."
Both men said Hinds had been fired by the Department of Corrections from his corrections officer position at a Monroe state prison. DOC records show that Stuart Hinds was terminated in May 2013 after just one week of employment, but they don’t say why.
"No one ever gives any of these guys any respect while they’re out doing their thing," Peck told me, referring to security guards. "From what I saw on video and heard from eyewitnesses, I think he made a mistake deploying the pepper spray."
"We are all human, and I don’t think Stuart meant to turn this into a racial thing," Peck said. "But then again, I don’t know him that well."
Earlier this week, Seattle police completed their investigation into the incident and turned over the results to city prosecutors for review. Last week, I asked SPD spokesman Sean Whitcomb what kinds of use-of-force guidelines apply to private security guards. “They have the same rights and restrictions as anyone else,” he said. “If this person [Raymond Wilford] says he’s been assaulted by security, that’s something we would investigate, and are investigating.” Whitcomb said whether the pepper-spray incident took place inside the mall or outside the mall on public property is irrelevant.
"It was definitely an assault," said Wilford. He’s considering filing charges against the Westlake security guard.
This is not the first time a Westlake assistant director of security has been accused of racial bias and assault. According to municipal court records, Andrew MacDonald, who said he worked at Westlake for Valor for three years and served as assistant director, asked some Seattle police officers for help on February 10, 2013, saying he’d been assaulted by a man near the Starbucks.
Police found Sean Altheimer, who is black, and arrested him. City prosecutors charged him with assaulting the security guard. But in an April 2014 trial, Altheimer insisted he acted in self-defense and was unanimously acquitted. He testified to being on his lunch break from his own security job at Tiffany and Company, the jewelry store. He was wearing a suit and taking a walk when he spotted a friend of his (also a black man) at Westlake.
Suddenly, “the security guard told me to get the blank off of his property,” Altheimer testified, referring to MacDonald. “I began to ask him why and continued to ask him why and for what. I told him it wasn’t his property and that Westlake mall didn’t own the sidewalk. And I could stand here as long as I choose to talk to my friend.”
Altheimer tried to pull out his iPhone to take MacDonald’s photo, but MacDonald knocked the phone out of his hands three times, according to testimony from both men. “He assaulted first,” Altheimer said under questioning from a city attorney. “After the third time, then I decided to swing at him.” The punch didn’t connect, he said. MacDonald claimed it did. According to court records, MacDonald believed Altheimer and his friend were engaged in some sort of drug deal because of the way they were shaking hands and hugging.
Macdonald “mistakenly assumed that [Altheimer’s] shake of hands and hug was an illegal transaction of some sort of contraband,” Matt Hartman, Altheimer’s attorney, told me.
According to Altheimer’s account, the two men were just greeting each other. The jury sided with Altheimer. Last week, Altheimer sued MacDonald and Valor Security for damages, alleging that the company discriminated against him.
Valor Security and General Growth Properties had no comment on the lawsuit. Altheimer declined to speak directly with me, but Altheimer’s attorney said that between his client’s case and the pepper-spraying of Raymond Wilford, Westlake security guards could be engaged in a pattern of racial profiling. “They have a commonality of minorities being targeted where it doesn’t appear they were involved in any criminal conduct,” he said.
There are also serious questions being asked of the Seattle police officers, who are under a consent decree after engaging in a pattern of excessive use of force and racially biased policing. “Officers were in abundance” at the pro-Palestinian demonstration, said the SPD’s Whitcomb. At least two officers were specifically assigned to the protest. But according to Officer Ronald Hylton’s police report, “when we were finally able to figure out what occurred,” police learned that Wilford had already been maced. A search for the shirtless white man proved fruitless.
"This is exactly why we staff demonstrations," Whitcomb explained, "to make sure that people can exercise their First Amendment rights without fear. You’ve got this belligerent individual apparently trying to pick fights. Stopping him, contacting him, finding out what his business is—that’s our job. At this point, we don’t know why that was handled by Westlake security as opposed to our own personnel."
In Garland’s video, a Seattle police officer appears a few minutes after the pepper-spray incident and stands between Hinds, the Westlake security guard, and protesters. The protesters are yelling, “You maced the wrong guy!” and trying give Wilford water to wash out his eyes.
"Let him do his job!" the policeman barks at the demonstrators, apparently referring to Hinds, who cuffs Wilford and leads him away, inside the mall.
"You guys are supposed to protect us," one demonstrator pleads, her voice anguished. "Why are you doing this?"
why aren’t these being reblogged more often?
i rather see these than “keys in hand”
Umm so since I’m stupid could someone kindly explain each step for me like step 3 am i head butting him in the face or the chest?
I think it depends on the height of the person, but I suppose the head is a more effective target. I hope this helps :)
Step 1: Step back the moment he reaches for you.
Step 2: Duck!
Step 3: Head butt him in the chin. It’s very important that it is the chin and not the chest because it is much more uncomfortable and disorienting to have your teeth bang together especially if it cuts his tongue (which it will if it is in the way). More than likely height won’t matter. He will be leaning forward from the missed attempt at grabbing you.
Step 4: Knee him in the balls.
Step 5: When he doubles over, jab him on his back. I believe at the base of the neck just above the shoulder blades would be best. I’m not an expert, but this seems like the best place, imo.
Step 6: Don’t lose contact. Bring your other hand over and slam your hands against the sides of his heads as hard as possible. Right on the ears is the best place; it is extremely disorienting if done correctly. Then take his head and bring it down on your knee as you bring your knee up. It’s very important that you avoid the nose because if you knee his nose it will definitely break and more than likely the bones will stab his brain killing him, so aim for his mouth instead.
Step 7: Keep your knee up and bring your foot out to kick him over. Personally, I don’t like the image because it looks like she kicked him with her toes. You do not want to do that. Instead kick him with the ball or heel of your foot and put power behind it with a push.
Step 8: He is on the ground. You could probably stop here and he would get the picture, but if you really want to…Your leg is still in the air from the kick. With all your force slam the edge of your your heel on his side. It will be more effective if you lower your body first by bending at the knee of the leg your weight is on. Done right, you can break a rib or two.
reblogging again for that^
Reblogging for the steps in the image and the explanation in the comments. I don’t so much like the explanation on the image proper, but I appreciate the thought behind it (here, have a self-defense thing, it could save you) and so I’m passing it on.
Reblogging because in reality, it won’t happen as it goes in the picture. One needs to constantly rep those individual moves as a technique of it’s own and still be able to perform those moves in no particular order at the correct given time.
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."