A 15-year-old girl was recently assaulted in a downtown Seattle bus tunnel. Footage was captured of the woman being brutally attacked and being kicked in the headed repeatedly.
The disappointing image that’s left is the fact that the three security guards present during the attack only sat back and watched as spectators.
With the help of surveillance, the lack of actions from the guards has created a backlash from Metro Transit and King County authorities, who believe that security should have been more proactiveand made a real attempt to break up the beatdown.
“We are very disappointed in what people see in that video,” said Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond. “It was absolutely unacceptable.”
Once the attack was over, with the girl also having her purse stolen from another member of the attacker’s entourage, police arrived on the scene. Along with the girl being accused of the assault, three others were tracked down by investigators and have all been charged with first-degree robbery.
Court papers show that the victim was under the impression that she would be protected by the guards.
Apparently that wasn’t the case as they just stood over her while stomps left footprints across her face.
She added that the attack was pre-emptive as the girl, accompanied by a group of more than 6 teens followed her from a nearby department store.
The Girl also reported that, during the beating, she lost consciousness, but was not hospitalized after the fact. She has, however, seen a doctor.
The guards were given strict orders the preceding month to “observe and report” on incidents and could only call the police.
King County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart said the guards were right to follow their training.
“If you’re a bank teller and you do something other than give them the money, you’re going to get fired,” Urquhart said. “We don’t expect civilians to take police action. In this case, it was a violent fight, and they were outnumbered by this pack of people 3-to-1.”
Once again, orders might be to observe and report, but more immediate action needed to be taken. All of that blunt trauma to the head may have resulted in a fatality.
Job description and humanity are two completely different things. Is a job really worth witnessing such a heinous act?