Wal-Mart LP's Kill Suspected Shoplifter

Posted by retailworker at 08/13/2005 - 15:53

Man held down on burning pavement until he died

Wal-Mart loss prevention workers tackled a man suspected of stealing diapers - a new father with a two month old child - holding him down with a choke hold and knee to the back while he was shirtless on the scalding pavement of a Wal-Mart parking lot in Texas.

The incident was witnessed by dozens of shoppers, including a prominent Texas attorney, Charles Portz:

Charles Portz said he was getting out of his car when he saw a heavy blonde haired man being chased by five people who appeared to be security or store employees. He said he saw them wrestling the man to the ground. “The blacktop was extremely hot,” said Portz “He had no shirt on and they wouldn’t let him up off the blacktop.” He said one of the men had Driver in a chokehold and had his knee in the back of his neck as the men tried to subdue him. “He kept trying to get up and they kept pushing him back down,” Portz said.

According to Portz, Driver began to plead with them men. “He’s begging, 'Please call an ambulance, let me up, do something, I’m gonna die,” said Portz. He said the loss prevention employees called the police more than once, but another bystander called for an ambulance after realizing Driver was in trouble. Portz said he eventually began to plead with the Walmart employees. “I told them, this guy doesn’t look like he’s breathing,” Portz said, “They said, 'He’s all right.” He says he continued to plead with the men, pointing out that the man’s fingernails were turning gray. “They said he’s just high on something,” adding, “They just kept him pinned down for twenty minutes or more until the ambulance came.” He said he believed Driver was dead when the ambulance left with him, but he was not certain.

The store employees could not have known that the witness who was pleading with them to let Driver get up from the hot pavement was a high profile Houston attorney, from the Portz and Portz law firm. He said after the man was handcuffed he continued trying in vain to persuade the Walmart employees to allow him to get up, even pointing out that a second pair of cuffs could be used to attach the ones already on Driver to a nearby truck trailer. “The problem is they kept him down on the blistering concrete with no shirt on,” Portz reiterated. He said law enforcement arrived at about the same time as the ambulance.

Sources: http://www.retailworker.com/



Sounds like Walmart bashing. Have to wait and see what the facts turn out to be especially as most of the web sources are union.

Im not too sure about the bashing. I havent heard of these sources, but run across it on another forum I go to and thought that it was kinda screwed up. I understand what he did was wrong and they got to do their job but to what extent. I live here in Texas and can understand the heat but cant imagine what its like to lay on the pavement for that long. I dont even like walking to the car bare footed to get something out of the car.

Let the wrongful death suits fly, man the legal suits are gonna clean up here!

well, thats wallmart for you…

That’s when you kick the security guards until they let him up. Maybe a size 11 boot in their arse would make them see what they’re doing.

That’s messed up if true. Those LP’s would’ve totally gotten a boot to the head if I was watching this happen. No one deserves to die for something like this. I hope those guys get charged with murder and go to jail for the rest of their lives. And come on, diapers. Not like its gonna hurt walmart very much. This is just really messed up and disgusts me.

Totally agree with you. If it’s true, those LP’s can go to jail for a really long time.

That’s messed up. :frowning:

It can get even worse. I’ve heard stories were the police was raiding a house in which they expected a drug dealing gang. They didn’t find anything except an elderly couple. These old people were forced to lie down. The husband broke his knees. Later on they found some bags of marihuana with only fingerprints of cops on them.

That’s law enforcement for ya. If they can’t find anything, they will make absolutely sure you are not capable to sue them. Death or jail, the law doesn’t care.

Sorry, i read it as ‘LP kills shoplifter’ :doh:

Another story where security guards go on a powertrip thinking they’re in an episode of 24 arresting someone for setting off a nuke but in this case its a guy stealing nappys. nuff said

Texas, how suprising. So what is the penalty for manslaughter over there?

Still have the death penilty here in Texas but Im sure that it would have to go through a jury

sad for the guy who died!
if people were using more “bon sens”, such thing will not happen.

shrugs Sums up my opinion of the human race …