Supporters have raised $20,000 for an Atlanta security guard who became an internet sensation this week after he posted videos online showing his refusal to give in to abuse from troublemakers.
Darien Long made headlines earlier this week after a video showing him tasering a violent woman outside Atlanta’s Metro Mall spread online – it has now been viewed more than one million times.
And since then more and more videos are emerging of the zero-tolerance guard refusing to give in to violent threats.
In the footage, filmed by a camera on Long’s uniform, men are heard warning they’ll follow him home; he is racially abused; spat at; threatened with violence and objects are thrown at him all because he’s asked people to leave the shopping center or to stop hovering outside.
The video brings back memories, but nobody ever gave me $20,000 for doing my job. I never tasered anyone but I did have to deploy pepper spray a few times. Usually I could talk my way out of situations. (Being scary looking helps.)
BTW – If the guard was white do you think this video would have caused the same reaction?
This is an open thread.