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Security Guard went nuts in Reykjavik

Waiting for my bus about a week ago, I witnessed a Hlemmur security guard hitting and kicking a (possibly homeless) man before throwing him outside the building and pushing him against a wall. It was around 19:00 when a man started yelling at the guard, who then turned around and struck him.

I pulled out my phone and did what the American citizen-journalist in me does when authority figures commit brutality: film it. The guard didn’t seem to care even after I started following him as he threw the man against the wall.

"We will ask his employer to release him of his duty until this has been fully investigated," Strætó Director Reynir Jónsson told me after viewing the video. "We want to back up the story a bit more before we take any more actions."

Reynir said security footage revealed the guard hit the man first. The guard told me the man threatened his family, but I don’t sp

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Added: Jun-5-2012 Occurred On: May-27-2012
By: diego
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Citizen Journalism
Tags: iceland, security, homeless, bum, fight
Location: Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland (load item map)
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  • Dealing with these type of time wasters all day long would piss most people off. I bet he was asked nicely many times prior.

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  • This video has a disturbing lack of dead Muslims.

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  • I see nothing wrong with security guard, he was doing his job.

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  • Looks like the bum wouldn't leave... security doing his job.

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  • We don't know the story....can't really judge the guard. Looked like the guy started to come back in, after being dragged out, too. The guard sounded like he was at his wit's end. Dunno, just saying.

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  • Sad but I'll guess that this was the last straw of some sort of conflict for the guard and this dude getting his ass kicked.

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  • That is how bums, prostitutes and gang members used to be dealt with - everywhere - there were a lot fewer bums back then.

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  • Iceland has a hobo problem?? Now THAT's surprising!!!

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  • only a piece of shit would hit an old man like that, well we dont know the fully history, but i doubt it was really necessary to hit the old man like that

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  • Violence in Iceland?!!

    What is this, the end of days? Armageddon? Has society given up on everything?

    You just don´t kick and or hit kids and old people.

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  • Bad day at the office.
    As he and the report said, its frustrating work cleaning out the scum of society. A thankless task, and when the finish line it close, I bet we don't see the shit he had to deal with over the last 4 years.

    Ironically, the person taking the video is probably only able to do so because of him and his work over the last 4 years.
    Making the place safe so as to create the rod that will beat your own back.
    Bummer.

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  • That's not brutality. That's a guy doing his job.
    Deal with enough drunk worthless homeless people and you'd understand.

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    • @Incognito
      Really? i am an armed Guard for the Miltiary, i deal, on a regular basis with drunk soldiers, i worked in the past as a bouncer, nothing that piece of shit there was doing was his "job" in fact he was breaking the law, at a very minimum he was committing assault. Throw him in jail, and ban him from ever working in Security again.

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    • @Incognito You don't know what preceeded this clip and thus have nothing to base your comment on.
      For all we know this Rent-a-cop had a bad hair day. I've seen enough ridiculous behaviour from security guards to know that they too can be assholes sometimes.

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    • @robbers
      I wouldn't compare drunk soldiers to bums.

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    • @blandadrops
      Good point. Seems to me however that the guy being kicked out (literally) was not listening to what was being asked of him.

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    • @Incognito

      Nor would i, just making a comment that dealing with people who are drunk does not allow you to resort to violence because they are not doing as you wish. The scumbag here is not the drunk, but rather the "security" guard, the other person, and let´s remember that no matter what his personal circumstances are, he is a human being, was in no way a threat. FFS if i had to resort to using force everytime i was threatened, i would be in more fights than the US Marine Corp.

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  • I may be going out on a limb here, but I'd guess that there's more to the story than we're seeing here.

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  • I agree with the security guard. I hate seeing fucks like the hanging around these public places, begging for money and looking for smack.

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  • a simple, (Please leave the building) would have been sufficient.

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    • @skababy69 how do you know that wasnt tried multiple times?....cant see a security guard kicking off with EVERYONE like this!...more likely the other guy was a pain in the ass and giving shit!

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  • Lucky bum he didn't meet a black guard...they eat your face right off

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  • Why didn't you physically intervene if this old man is being brutalized?

    You think you are some kind of hero for filming it and safely standing out of harms way?

    Do us all a favor... don't identify yourself as an American.

    "Citizen Journalism" my ass. More like Sadomasochistic Voyeurism.

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  • that slap is necessary

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  • Although not as fit as I was I would have stuck one big right on that bullying cunts chin

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  • that was uncalled for you cock, hope you end up in jail.

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  • As with so many of these video clips, we don't know the WHOLE STORY. What preceded this? Did he do anything to deserve it? Maybe he has been bugging these guys for weeks? Who knows?

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  • Strong viking genes.

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    • @inyourfaceasshole First off, the security guard is older than the man he was bitch slapping around. And by your comment you look more like the man who was bitch slapped around for threatening to kill the security guards mother and young daughter. Get your fact straight before stupid comment like that.

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