MILWAUKEE — Cell phone video was posted on Youtube that showed Jason Scales body slamming a DMV security guard after he was asked to leave the building, while other patrons cheered him on.
The 35-year-old man had been asked to leave the north side DMV after he refused to turn down the music on his cell phone. Scales got mad and refused to leave, so a security guard stepped in to escort Scales out of the building.
As you can see in the video below, the guard has some trouble getting Scales to leave, and ends up getting body slammed to the ground while the crowd laughed and cheered for Scales. After getting off the ground, the guard pulled his gun on Scales as he finally left the building.
Milwaukee police say the man was eventually arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, but no felony assault charges.
Law enforcement expert Brian Dorow said that while the confrontation would have been challenging for an experienced officer to control, guards or officers should not touch an unruly person if they are not posing an eminent threat.
I have to disagree with Dorow, though. Had that been an experienced officer, this article would have been about Scales body slamming a police officer and then later, someone having to scrape Scales’ brains off the inside glass of the DMV.
The owner of the property where the DMV is located told TODAY’S TMJ4 this behavior is “relatively mild” compared to other cases. Someone who knows Scales said the man has anger issues. ”One night he got really mad,” she said. “He was just going crazy, hitting walls, kicking walls. Yelling, screaming.”
Shockingly, Scales has a criminal record. In order for me to find out what those past charges were, I would have had to tune into WTMJ at 6 pm, which I didn’t.
While the behavior of Scales was uncalled for, and the behavior of the crowd was embarrassing, did the guard do the right thing? He showed self control by not pepper spraying the guy or shooting him in the back, but should he have even put his hands on Scales in the first place? Are there any security guards reading this? Was just curious what protocol is when dealing with people like Scales, and what training security guards go through, if any.