Men caught on camera beating man at Memphis apartments were armed security guards, records show

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Armed licensed security officers were caught on camera beating a man at Highland Hills in Fox Meadows.

”What they were doing, there’s not a word for them. They should have been locked up,” said the owner of D&S Security, David Smith, who is not associated with this case.

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The video FOX13 first showed you on Tuesday showed three armed security officers at Highland Hills Apartments fighting with a Memphis man. Two security guards tackled him, knocking down a white fence in the process. While one hit him with a baton, another kicked him in the face several times.

”Some people think things get out of hand. We can do what police officers do. And, police don’t even go that far,” said Smith.

Wednesday, we got our hands on the police report. It lists the officers’ names in the report. FOX13 reporter Dominique Dillon looked each officer’s name up under the Tennessee Department of Commerce, which shows each officer has an active armed security guard license.

”All they do is observe and report to the office. They can’t lock nobody up. They can’t do anything but call the police and tell them what’s going on,” said Smith.

Smith has owned D&S Security for nearly 30 years. He’s not associated with this case but said they can detain a person if their life is at risk.

”If the man was fighting them, then they would be defending themselves. They have the right to, for their safety, get them down and put handcuffs on them, but three or four people beating and kicking him like that. No,” said Smith

.Smith also said they must be contracted through the property owner. That’s something the property owner has not confirmed or denied.

”The owner has to have a contract with the security company to work that property because anything can happen,” said Smith.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, FOX13 Reporter Dominique Dillon reached out to the property owner Multi South Management Services.

Despite several emails and numerous phone calls, she had not heard back from them by Wednesday evening. When she tried to talk to someone in the leasing office on Tuesday, they locked the door and then hid.

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