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Forever 21 security staff TACKLES AND CHOKES A DEAF SHOPPER they suspect of shoplifting

1:01 am - 08/13/2010

Shocking Video: Security Guards Tackle Deaf Shopper



HOLLYWOOD -- A video posted on YouTube which shows a violent arrest of a deaf man is sparking outrage.

The video allegedly shows security guards at the Forever 21 store on Hollywood Boulevard tackling and choking a deaf man after he failed to stop when an alarm (THAT HE COULDN'T HEAR) sounded as he exited the store.

His friend, who is also deaf, tries repeatedly to show the guard the receipt for the purchase (and tries to communicate using sign language), but he's not able to stop them from roughing up his friend.

LAPD officials identify the deaf male suspect as Alejandro Rea, and say merchandise from the store was found in his bag.

Rea was arrested and charged with robbery and shoplifting. He is being held in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on $55,000 bail.


Link to article and YouTube video


My dad is deaf. This scares the shit out of me but at the same time? If anyone EVER tried to choke out my 58 year old father because they suspected him of shoplifting? I'd start kicking them in the face until they let him go.
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gloraelin 13th-Aug-2010 05:11 am (UTC)
FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS BECAUSE HE COULDN'T HEAR THE ALARM AND HAD THE FUCKING RECEIPT????? oh my god RAGE. for the love of GOD I hope they gave him medical treatment too.
washable 13th-Aug-2010 05:18 am (UTC)
Hugs for days. Seriously, you are a brave person. <3
ladypolitik 13th-Aug-2010 05:14 am (UTC)
What the fuck? So the only reason he didnt stop and return to the counter was because he cant fucking hear the metal detector? I mean, SO MANY PEOPLE set off the alarm because of something they're wearing, not because of anything having to do with store merchandise. And this dude got choked the fuck out over it? AND HIS FRIEND TRIED TO SHOW THE RECEIPT. I hope the fact that someone caught it on tape makes a difference because that's some BULLSHIT.

Edited at 2010-08-13 05:18 am (UTC)
allagainst 13th-Aug-2010 05:42 am (UTC)
The part that kills me the most is that you know this guy had no fucking clue why he was being treated this way and it was all a misunderstanding. That "security" guard is a piece of shit.

What I'm trying to say is that I agree so hard with this comment.
fukai 13th-Aug-2010 05:14 am (UTC)
Wow. This is horrible and disgusting to watch.
fukai 13th-Aug-2010 05:20 am (UTC)
I'm familiar with the store/area and they are like literally right in front of the store. It's not like the guy was running away/making an escape. there's no excuse for this kind of behavior. I'm seriously disgusted and want to call/write someone and complain.
tiddlywinks103 13th-Aug-2010 05:20 am (UTC)
Fucking WOW. SUE, SUE, SUE!!!

I can't believe they put him in jail, when his friend had the receipts. I find the fact they say stuff was in their bag super shady and just a cover-up for their blatant fuck-up. There is no excuse for what happened in that video. I hope everyone gets fired.
allagainst 13th-Aug-2010 05:37 am (UTC)
Fucking Rentacops.
ms_maree 13th-Aug-2010 05:49 am (UTC)
I saw the old guy going in to intervene, I think. But he was pushed back. It's always interesting when there is a crowd that only a few or hardly anyone stands up. Of course I'd be scared too. What assholes.
jugglingeggs 13th-Aug-2010 05:55 am (UTC)
I got the feeling his friend was also sort if signaling people to back off to not make the situation worse. I could be just reading it all wrong tho.
thatdamnninja 13th-Aug-2010 05:52 am (UTC)

I am so fucking livid right now. What the fuck.
jugglingeggs 13th-Aug-2010 06:02 am (UTC)
wtf is wrong with people?
lovebats 13th-Aug-2010 06:10 am (UTC)
putting the deaf-factor aside for a moment: so the alarm went off and the employee decided it was OK to go all MMA on the bro that was walking out... that's a recurring issue in retail. people shoplift or the dotty clerk forgets to take a sensor off. why the fuck did he have to put him in a fucking armbar?

but back to the deafness: holy shit. my father's deaf and i'm losing my hearing bit by bit and i can't imagine. it was so hard watching the video because you can just see his friend signing and them pushing him away again and again. even others were trying to help and they just pushed and pushed and pushed. wouldn't you realize there was something going on? they didn't even loosen up on his throat until that woman was screaming at the douche that the guy was PURPLE. he wasn't even paying attention to how he was handling the man...
izelmecatl 13th-Aug-2010 06:25 am (UTC)
Man, i wanted to punch that security guys face so much while watching this video.

I hope they sue.
izelmecatl 13th-Aug-2010 06:26 am (UTC)
**guy's face

I'm so angry I can't even type right.
juliet316 13th-Aug-2010 06:25 am (UTC)
draconifers 13th-Aug-2010 06:48 am (UTC)
FUCK THE WORLD TODAY. ughhh need a drink.
supermouse 13th-Aug-2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Oh gods, the assault just went on and on and on. I couldn't watch to the end.
jugglingeggs 13th-Aug-2010 08:01 am (UTC)
Same, I had to turn it off after the first min. And can you imagine, the video starts after he's already in a choke hold, how much longer the guy might have been in that? This whole thing is horrible.
keithmex17 13th-Aug-2010 07:58 am (UTC)
Remember that story from a month or so back about the Gamestop employees on break that detained an able-bodied shoplifter from another store so mall security can bring him in and they got fired?

The same shit better happen to to these fucking jokers. Especially the Chuck Liddell wannabe using his McMMA-dojo-fu on that terrified man.

55 fucking thousand dollars bail? Fuck that judge so hard.

People still wonder why California is going bankrupt? The ACLU is going to drink Cali's fucking milkshake over this case.
juliet316 13th-Aug-2010 08:10 am (UTC)
This. All of this.
xerox78 13th-Aug-2010 08:01 am (UTC)
LAPD officials identify the deaf male suspect as Alejandro Rea

Alejandro? That explains it all.
ididthatonce 13th-Aug-2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
Would a "don't call my name" joke be inappropriate?
forwhataim 13th-Aug-2010 10:56 am (UTC)
I don't even care that the apparently innocent man was deaf.

Even if he was guilty and shoplifting--it's Forever 21. Based on their price point, dude was seriously assaulted over like $100 or less of merchandise. I didn't watch the video, but when is choking ever the answer when you're not being assaulted yourself? Why is that cheap clothing worth more than a man's life in the security guard's sick mind?
bludstone 13th-Aug-2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
The Security Staff was totally out of line.

I am hearing from people who live in the area that the tackled guy was a well-known shoplifter, and that this isnt the first time theyve had issues with the guy.

Security Folks were -still- totally out of line though.
wrestlingdog 13th-Aug-2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
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abee 13th-Aug-2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
FUCKING STUPID. I often get suspicious looks while I shop, no idea why, but I should NOT be arrested for not being able to HEAR ANYTHING.

I often give the benefit of doubt, but NO, NOT THIS TIME. IF ANYBODY TRIES TO TELL YOU HE'S DEAF OR CHOKING OR NOTICES HE'S USING SIGNS, YOU BETTER FUCKING NOTICE.

I cannot even comprehend the COST OF THE FUCKING BAIL FOR SHOPLIFTING.

FUCKING STUPID
anjak_j 13th-Aug-2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Just sickening. And the bail - fuck that noise.

The ACLU are going to have a field day with this. I hope this guy sues the fucking crap out of the security company, the store and the LAPD for this shit.
angelofdeath275 13th-Aug-2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
A go ol' mixture of Ableism and Racism.
angelofdeath275 13th-Aug-2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
A GOOD ol' mixture...can't even make a snarky comment cause this shit is ridic.
ladypeyton 13th-Aug-2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the receipt disappeared. I saw the friend drop it and the security guard picked it up.

This is so disgusting. I hope the store gets sued and loses for millions.
ididthatonce 13th-Aug-2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
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ididthatonce 13th-Aug-2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ugh this would be top of the page...
sophie_kaijuu 13th-Aug-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
I can't even watch the whole video...

So enraging
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