If you’re accused of shoplifting, it’s possible that security could detain you until the situation is resolved. The thing to remember is that you can not be detained unnecessarily, and the security staff should not injure you. These individuals have some right to keep you on the premises, but not at the expense of your health or safety.
Sometimes, these security personnel go too far and end up hurting someone, like in this case. According to a June 15 report, a 36-year-old man suffered head injuries after he was accused of shoplifting. The security officers restrained him on suspicion of shoplifting, but when they did so, they pinned him to the ground.
A video of the incident shows the 36-year-old man’s head bleeding. The private security contractor claims the man had tried to shoplift two bottles of liquor and ran when they attempted to confront him.
Even if he had stolen alcohol from the store, security officers do not have the right to use force when they are a private organization. They cannot use force unless someone else uses force against them first. In this case, they used force despite the fact that the man was trying to flee from the store.
If the store wanted to detain him, it would have needed to have detained him reasonably, which this was likely not. Interestingly, the man accused of shoplifting has not faced charges or been arrested. He did, however, suffer a personal injury that the store could be held liable for.
If you’re hurt by a negligent security officer, you have rights. Your attorney can help you protect yourself and seek compensation for the way you’ve been treated.
Source: South Bend Tribune, “Video shows man injured in confrontation at Martin's after shoplifting accusation,” Greg Swiercz, June 14, 2017
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