A Toronto security guard has been suspended following the release of a video that appears to show him violently hurling a pair of shoes at a homeless person lingering on Yonge Street this week.
The quarrel between the pair began just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, during the morning rush to work.
A homeless man and a security guard can be seen on the video weaving through the onslaught of pedestrians, clearly in the middle of an altercation.
Caught on video
The video that captures the next moments is shaky at first, but you see the guard standing in front of a building at 60 Yonge St. He takes off his jacket, walks toward the other man, and then appears to throw something at him.
The argument continues until the guard picks up the homeless man’s shoes and hurls them at him.
One strikes the man in the ribs, the other in the back of his leg.
The person who recorded the video did not want to be identified, but in a email to CBC Toronto said they saw the security guard punch the homeless man before the filming began.
Security firm is investigating
The security guard works for GardaWorld security, which told CBC Toronto that they are investigating what happened.
“GardaWorld was forwarded the video taken by the bystander. Upon receipt, it was immediately transferred to our corporate security team for investigation,” the firm said in a written statement. “The employee in question has been suspended pending further investigation.”
It’s unclear, however, whether the incident could result in criminal charges.
Const. Victor Kwong said it’s hard to tell whether the security guard breached any laws just by looking at the video.
“What we have to do is keep in mind of what this didn’t capture as well,” Kwong said. “We have to step back and take a look at the whole picture and see why it is the situation got to…