Post # 1
My husband is the kindest, gentlest, law obiding citizen. He went to a sports event last night with a friend and friend’s young son. After the event, they lined up for autographs. My husband walked off to ask someone how long the wait would be for autographs because it was getting late and friend’s son was getting tired.
My husband knocked on the door of one of the trailers and a security guard answered. My husband asked “Do you know how long the wait for autographs are?” The security guard said “What?” My husband repeated himself. The guard proceeded to punch my husband in the face.
Stunned, my husband stepped backwards in shock and before he knew it, two more guards showed up and tried to take him down. My husband is a big guy and wouldn’t go down but didn’t hit back. The whole time he was saying “I just asked a question” and “I am not fighting back, what are you guys doing?” and “Call the cops now!”
There were other guards nearby who just watched as my husband was ganged up on. All of the security basically stood by or “backed each other up”.
Finally they called the cops who showed up, put my husband in cuffs, and the guards LIED by saying that my husband was trying to steal a skateboard?! The officers checked my husband’s background realized he is a govt employee and used to be in the army reserves. They took his cuffs off and told him that they didn’t believe security but it was basically word against word. They told him there was no point in pressing charges for assault. What’s more, they gave the security my husband’s information so now he is “banned for a year” from the stadium. WTF?!
He has a bad headache right now, cuts and bruises all over him. He JUST went to the chiropractor last week to fix a bad back.
The cops did not write any report, give any badge number or anything. All my husband has to show for it is a piece of paper saying he is banned from the stadium…
What the heck can we do right now? I am so mad for him!
Post # 3
WTF?! It looks like the police won’t do anything. I would call the media. I would copy your post and write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, at least. Post this in as many places as you can, including the stadium’s website.
Post # 4
Of course he can press charges for assault. But that doesn’t mean he will win, because I assume they will go to trial. Take pictures of his face and file a complaint with the police department. I think to win you would need a good lawyer — so think about if the expense is worth it. With witnesses it may be hard to win.
Post # 5
do you know if there are any security cameras around? take pictures of his injuries ASAP! I would totally press charges. The fact that security did this is UNACCEPTABLE.
Im sorry your husband had to endure that. :/
Post # 6
What an awful situation:( There are mean, unethical people out there and I’m sorry your husband was involved with a couple of them.
Post # 7
You can try, but it might not be worth it.
Considering you have how many guards vs just your husband. And sometimes, guards are armed, and armed guards have even more pull than off the street guards.
On top of this, they could come up with even more lies [like saying there was a no trespassing sign on around the buses or what not].
Post # 8
I just took photos but my husband doesn’t think it’s worth the money to press charges. He was visibly upset this morning and still doesn’t know why the guard punched him.
If we don’t press charges, can we file a complaint? What should I do?
It’s very obvious that there were about 7 of them and they are willing to lie to cover each other up. Charges might not be the way to go. Even my husband said “No one is going to give a shit. It’s 7 to 1.”
I don’t know if there were cameras but obviously the police didn’t want to do paperwork so they just said anything to my husband to keep the peace.
Post # 9
I would spread the word all over social media, especially if the stadium and your local paper have facebook pages! Filing for assault probably won’t do anything, but posting pics and telling the true story online might!
Post # 10
Depending on whether your husband has suffered any serious damage (i.e. missed work, had medical expenses, etc) it might be worth launching a civil suit (tort) against the security guard and the stadium owners. Your lawyer would be able to subpeona any security tapes for evidence and guide you better.
If I were you, I’d call the stadium owners, explain your situation and tell them you’re going to contact the media if it’s not resolved. If they do nothing, follow through.
Post # 11
My husband doesn’t want to make it a huge deal though. So I want to respect his wishes but still let the stadium know that it was unacceptable. I don’t think going through the media is a good solution but I may take to social media and write a letter of complaint, any other ideas?
This was at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, by the way. I am looking up contact information now but does anyone know/recommend any other avenues to reach the Roger’s Centre?
Post # 12
Husband said that the original guy who punched him was probably security with the event people but the guards who took him down were stadium security.
He’s really frustrated right now and doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. =(
Post # 13
That sounds crazy. I wouldn’t make a big deal out of it if he doesn’t want to. My fi wouldn’t either. Although he would most definitely fight back. He’s just not a lets call the cops kind of guy. Just let him be & make sure he’s ok without smothering him.
Post # 14
@everyheart: I agree. The only thing you can do that will make any difference at all is to call the media. It’s probably not a bad idea to call an attorney to, not neccessarily to sue them, but to protect yourselves in all the details. The media and an attorney may have a louder voice in starting an investigation, getting camera footage of the incident, etc.
I would not be spreading reviews in public forums just yet because something more could come of this, whether its initiated by you or the park guards.
ETA: make sure you photograph your husbandsinjuries, and if it were me I would press charges, as far as I know that the only way you can force the other party to be photographed also.
Post # 15
@mrsbruff2b: Edited: not familiar with Canadian law.
Post # 16
I am shocked, stunned and saddened. I’m also very ashamed of Toronto right now (being that I live just outside the city). I was just talking to my DH and he said you should file a complaint and push this further. The security guards used excessive force and there would have been witnesses there to back up your husband’s story.
I also agree with those saying you should go to the media. Contact the Toronto Star – don’t let these a**holes get away with this.