A person has alleged in a Broward County, Florida lawsuit that he or she was maced and suffered permanent vision loss as a result by a Kent Security officer in Pembroke Pines, which is a suburb that lies between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
Reportedly, this incident occurred in a residential community, and the plaintiff in this lawsuit is claiming negligence by Kent Security. While we neither confirm nor deny the veracity of the allegation, it raises serious concerns about security officers carrying weapons and the possibility of them using excessive force while carrying them.
There has been a spate of high-profile cases of accusations of excessive force involving law enforcement in recent years leading to nationwide protests, such as in Ferguson and Baltimore, and concerns have also been raised about excessive use of force by private security guards and bouncers.
As an update, an amendment by interlineation was filed in the Broward case, to change the name of the defendant from Kent Security Services to Kent Security of Palm Beach. This suggests that Kent Security of Palm Beach runs Broward and Palm Beach counties for the company.
Notably, the National Labor Relations Board expressed concern about Kent Security’s disregard for public safety in the famous “Wall of Shame” case in Naples, FL that made the news in 2015. In this case, the former road supervisor of the district won pro se against the company. This was embarrassing for the company, and, soon after, the district manager involved in the scandal reportedly quit or left the company.