August 14, 2007

Security Guard Wanted: If You Can Read This Sign You’re Overqualified

Filed under: Interesting News — acepundit @ 7:32 pm

Was a line from tonight’s Simpsons episode. And now a quote from a professor at my alma matter:

HOUSTON – In a confrontation captured on videotape, a hospital security guard fired a stun gun to stop a defiant father from taking home his newborn, sending both man and child crashing to the floor. Now William Lewis says his baby girl suffers from head trauma because she was dropped.

“I’ve got to wonder what kind of moron would Tase an adult holding a baby,” said George Kirkham, a former police officer and criminologist at Florida State University. “It doesn’t take rocket science to realize the baby is going to fall.”

From the story it appears the security guard in question is a Houston police officer who was moonlighting off-duty at the facility which means he has some kind of formal training that goes beyond the requirements to be a security guard. What was going through his head at the time will hopefully be explained in further detail if he cares to justify his actions.



  1. Sounds like the professor is the real idiot here. he comments on stories and has no idea what really happened. He is just so happy that some reporter got him on the phone to give a colorful sound bite, so he did his best.

    Comment by Dale — August 15, 2007 @ 12:44 am | Reply

  2. No matter the guard’s justification, I must agree with George Kirkham.

    Comment by Erik — August 31, 2007 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

  3. I did not read Dale’s comment first. Dale, no matter what the guard says or how he tries to justify it, tazing someone holding a newborn is not only moronic, but criminal, in my eyes. Unless the father was aiming a weapon at the guard or the child, there could be no possible acceptable explanation. It is fortunate the child was not severely injured or killed in the electrocution or the fall that followed. Authority figures do stupid things too.

    Comment by Erik — August 31, 2007 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

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