Atlanta’s most infamous security cop is getting a lot of support after videos of him kicking out Black people from the mall went viral
Metro Mall Cop Gets Support After Videos Go Viral
Some call him the “Kick-Azz Mall Cop,” but Darien Long, property manager at downtown Atlanta’s Metro Mall, claims he’s just trying to keep the peace.
Via HuffPo reports:
“What you need to do is clean up the neighborhood so other businesses can come in, and downtown Atlanta can prosper,” Long told WSB.
According to WSB-TV, Long, who has been on the job for about a year, carries a firearm, a Taser stun gun and a Gro-Pro camera mounted on a bulletproof vest for protection.
The manager became the recipient of some unexpected fame last week when a few of his videos, some of them months old, were uploaded to Reddit and went viral.
A prominent Reddit user, “RyuKenya,” has since set up a fundraising drive on CrowdTilt to benefit Long after viewing his videos and meeting with him, the Daily Dot reports. The crowd-sourced campaign to “enable [Long] to get better and more gear” had received more than $22,000 in donations as of Monday afternoon.
“I’m always concerned with my safety, but not to the point where I won’t act,” Long said in an interview with Right This Minute.
Why do they have to call the man a vigilante for performing his duties as a security officer protecting property? Sometimes working in some urban areas are worse than being in a combat zone during war. If he was a police officer the situation could have devolved to the point where she could have possibly been shot.
Do you think the mall cop is helping or hurting the community?