An armed security guard working at the Whole Foods Market in Oakland, California has been fired after he reportedly beat one customer to a bloody pulp Thursday night.
The alleged violent assault began inside the store located on Bay Place near Lake Merritt around 9:30pm, according to the store’s spokeswoman Beth Krauss.
Zoe Marks, an eye witness to the attack who is in the United States on a visit from Edinburgh, Scotland, shared disturbing images of the victim and her account of the incident to Facebook.
In an interview with the Oakland Tribune, Marks said that she saw the argument between the cashier and the victim as he was trying to use an EBT card, which is a food stamp card that operates like a debit card, to buy food from the store.
Marks said that the victim was not ‘shouting’ or ‘violent’ and that he wasn’t threatening anyone.
‘He wasn’t shouting at anyone. He wasn’t violent or disruptive,’ Marks said of the customer to the Tribune.
‘There was no threat from him to any of the customers or employees. (We) felt safe until the security guard attacked him.’
On Facebook, Marks described the ‘violent assault’ by saying that the guard ‘slammed’ the victim against ‘concrete pillars.’
In the post, she added that the guard put the shopper into a chokehold and ‘suffocated’ him before throwing him on the ground unconscious.
Marks claims that the guard allegedly locked the man out of the store even though he was unconscious on the pavement.