We don’t feel safe with cops and even less safe with security guards or “wannabe cops” like George Zimmerman because they try to go up and beyond the call of duty to prove themselves.
Antonio Lopez Chaj, 42, was on the receiving end of that gungho temperament in 2010, when he tried to break up a fight at a local bar, Barra Latina, between his nephews, a guard, and the bartender/manager that led to one of the largest lawsuit settlements awarded to a single person in California’s history. When he jumped in to stop the fight at the Wilshire neighborhood bar, the guard beat him to unconsciousness and he was missing part of his skull when he arrived at the hospital. Both the bartender and the guard have disappeared “without a trace”, according to the New York Daily News interview of Chaj’s attorney Federico Sayre.
“They saved his life but he has significant brain damage,” Sayre said. “He can’t speak and he requires 24-hour nursing care.”
Chaj and his nephews worked as house painters and went to the neighborhood bar to relax when the fight was sparked by Emerson Quintanilla who was not trained as a security guard
“…beat Chaj with a baton, kicked him in the head eight times and smashed his skull against pavement four times.”
Chaj was awarded $58 million for the brutal attack that has left him with a fourth of his skull missing that he disguises with a baseball cap. But, if the security guard was this unqualified to perform his duty as a guard, it begs the question that the company he represented is reputable enough to pay such a large sum.
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