Sainsbury’s security guard filmed punching schoolboy in face – Video

Sainsbury’s has said it is investigating the incident that happened in their Elephant and Castle branch.

 

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A schoolboy filmed being punched in the face by a Sainsbury’s security guard has claimed he was targeted because he is black.

The supermarket has launched an investigation after footage captured by a witness in the south London store showed Taharka Campbell, 12, being approached by a guard in a hi vis top.

The schoolboy can be heard pleading his innocence saying “I didn’t do anything” shortly before the worker is seen hitting him.

Taharka told ITV News London that the incident made him feel “scared, to go around places” and he missed two days of school while Mitie, which provides security at the Sainsbury’s store, said the footage “did not capture the whole incident”.

Taharka’s sister, Chioma Smith, said she believes her younger brother was racially profiled.

She said: “My brother is quite tall for his age but you can still see in his face he’s a young boy.

“It’s a sense of they feel all young black boys are a certain aspect in life – they feel like we’ve all grown up in a bad environment, poor without education.

“He goes to school, every child has his slip-ups once in a while but what’s right is right, what’s wrong is wrong, and I feel like this situation is completely wrong.”

Chioma said she had been sent racist messages on social media since sharing the footage, adding some of the messages wrongly accused her brother of being in a gang.

Witness Juanita Phillips said she started recording the video after seeing a confrontation between the boys and security guards. She said she received racist abuse after sharing the videos, adding: “I’ve been so distressed over it, all the abuse I’ve been getting.”

Taharka and another boy had gone into the south London store in Elephant and Castle to buy food.

One of the guards accused one of the boys of putting items in his bag and trying to leave the store without paying.

Mitie said in a statement: “The video circulating on social media does not capture the whole incident.

“Earlier CCTV shows two youths enter the store, one of them places goods in his bag and they attempt to leave without paying.

“The security officers asked the youths to return the items and an altercation took place where our officer was physically assaulted and verbally threatened. Police attended the scene and we are conducting an internal investigation.”

Sainsbury’s said it was also investigating what happened. Police are also aware.

Source – Telegraph