by Carlos E. Casta eda May 29, 2014 6:58 PM
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OAKLAND (CBS SF) A security guard at a high school in Oakland has been arrested and charged with a felony for an assault on a student in a wheelchair, caught on video by school surveillance cameras.
According to a letter from Oakland High School principal Matin Abdel-Qawi to parents, a student in a wheelchair was lingering in a hallway as security officers urged them to get to class on May 19.
One security officer then ordered the student, identified as freshman Francisco Martinez, to move along and either Martinez didn t comply or was slow to do so, according to Abdel-Qawi.
Martinez suffers from cerebral palsy. His delay prompted the security officer, identified as 23-year-old Marchell Mitchell, to push Martinez by his chair handles.
Martinez objected by slapping the officer s hands away, Abdel-Qawi said. The incident then escalated even further, according to the letter:
In response, the security officer handcuffed the student and continued to roll him toward class. At this point, the student turned around in his wheelchair and spat in the face of the security officer.
The security officer then struck the student several times before dumping him from his wheelchair onto the floor, at which time another security officer intervened to restrain his partner.
Mitchell was arrested for assault, child abuse and other charges.
Abdel-Qawi said Martinez was taken to the hospital for his injuries but was expected to recover.
I m shocked and deeply hurt by this behavior and apologize on behalf of the staff at Oakland High, Abdel-Qawi said in the letter.
This incident is not reflective of the kind of culture we cherish at our school or how we treat one another.
Abdel-Qawi said the school district s legal office and police department are reviewing policies, procedures, and training related to school security officers and their interaction with students.
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Every year, the Security Industry Association2 (SIA) hosts its SIA Government Summit3, a two-day conference in Washington, D.C., where security industry executives meet federal officials and explore the manner and substance of government business opportunities.
This year s Summit is June 3-4 at the W Hotel near the White House, where SIA will present a number of panels.
Often moderated by top representatives of SIA member companies, these panels represent great opportunities for integrators and other businesses to interact with government officials.
The first of the panels will explore industry perspectives on the government marketplace and future directions. Another will examine views on relationships between Congress, federal agencies and the security industry to include recent policy developments and contributions from security solutions providers.
In a subsequent session, representatives of state and local governments will cover emerging security trends, policies being debated in state legislatures and budget allocations for security programs. And then SIA acquisition experts Lynn de Seve and Shene Commodore will discuss tips on contracting with the government, focusing on business collaboration, benefits and challenges of the GSA supply schedules program, vehicles for contracting with state and local governments, and the importance of keeping your eye on evolving federal regulations.
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The SIA Government Summit will spend a considerable amount of time looking at how government agencies are using technology and approaching challenges such as cybersecurity.
SIA member John Convy will lead a session that looks at the convergence of physical and logical security.
SIA will welcome the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss its research and development needs and how the industry can help. Last year, SIA signed a memorandum of understanding with the DHS S&T Directorate, striking an agreement to work together toward furthering research, product development, commercialization and economic development. SIA will assist DHS by communicating publicly available information on DHS capability gaps, technology requirements and outreach opportunities to its members in order to increase awareness of DHS into the private sector.
According to the memorandum, DHS commitment to providing state-of-the-art technological capabilities to its operating components and the nation s first responders requires that it maintains awareness of cutting-edge advancements in the electronics industry.
As such, DHS will work with SIA to bring together DHS employees, first responders, end users and private-sector personnel in an online and/or face-to-face environment to exchange information and facilitate technical discussions on common goals and achievable objectives.
Finally, the SIA Government Summit will present a panel on legislation that would again set requirements for DHS to implement a national biometric exit system for foreign visitors, a vitally important national security measure called for by the 9/11 Commission. The matching of biometric data allows identity confirmation for departing travelers not possible through checking travel documents and matching biographic information. Robert Horton of MorphoTrak will moderate this panel, bringing years of experience and insight into biometric identifiers such as fingerprints, iris and other features into perspective.
SIA already announced the keynote speaker5 for its Public Policy Dinner on June 3 as Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent, who is certain to provide insights into political developments surrounding the midterm elections and other matters.
The group will be adding other keynote speakers to the program, including members of Congress, federal and state officials, and subject matter experts as the Summit draws closer.
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MIAMI (CBS4) Sunday was day three of one of the biggest electronic music events in the country.
Some city officials, however, are calling for the end of the Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami after Contemporary Services Corporation guard Erica Mack was trampled2 Friday night while trying to stop a group of people who didn t have tickets who stormed a fence to get inside. Mack, 28, was listed as critical but stable at Jackson Memorial Hospital with severe brain hemorrhaging.
She was not strong enough to deal with a mob of people that actually pushed this fence down, pushing her backwards and the fence landing on top of her. Now these people started trampling on top of her just to get into the event, as a result she sustained major head trauma as well as a broken leg, said Miami Fire Rescue Lt.
Due to the trampling incident plus the arrests, drug over doses and fence hopping in past years, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado along with City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff want Ultra out.
The mayor and I will be proposing a resolution in front of the commission that would deny them the ability to have Ultra in the future, said Sarnoff. I think they have overstayed their welcome.
What happened this weekend is an event that could have been avoided, said Mayor Regalado on Sunday. The organizers of Ultra did not follow the police directive to reinforce the fence, even though they knew that this year, and the year before, some kids have tried to over run the fences.In the next weeks we are going to have a discussion on the city commission level to deny the permits for next year for the event here in the city of Miami.
Just hours before the Friday night stampede, Miami police had inspected the perimeter of the event at Bayfront Park and called for additional fencing at the spot where the guard was later injured.
But no additional fencing was added, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.
What we were told by the Ultra security was that it was left open for a water vendor to have access to enter for water, said Commissioner Sarnoff.
On Sunday, Ultra s organizers issued the following statement.
The event organizers of Ultra Music Festival share the sentiments of our security partner, CSC, with regard to the condition of Erica Mack, the security guard currently receiving treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Ultra Family hopes for a swift and full recovery.
The event organizers prohibit any form of unlawful entry in to the event grounds. Preliminary investigations show that the incident was caused by individuals not in possession of event tickets and who were determined to gain unauthorized entry.
Every year the event organizers work collaboratively with police and other municipal partners along with the organizers independent security partners to ensure the safety of all patrons, crew and working personnel.
Because a thorough investigation is underway, event organizers regret that additional comment cannot be provided at this time. The event coordinators are cooperating fully with investigative authorities.
Commissioner Sarnoff said the situation could have been predicted and prevented. He s called for answers, investigations and an end to Ultra in Miami.
There was a sort of stampede of people who were trying to get in, very much like what happened last year, but it was about 500 people last year, said Sarnoff.
They tried to get into the front gate last year and we had enough security from the City of Miami Police Department. They put their bikes across their chest and they pushed back and they were able to hold the people back. I m asking the Chief and the Chief of Fire to meet with me, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor.
Let s get through this weekend and put this thing to bed, never come back again.
Not everyone is on board with kicking out an event that brings in tens of millions of dollars in revenue each year.
The structural issues can be resolved. This is not an event where it s a problem inside. It s a problem outside, said Lt.
Dan Kerr of Miami Fraternal Order of Police. Some of the officers who work the event all three days appreciate that opportunity to work due to the fact we have had cuts with all of the stuff at city hall. This is a way for them to supplement their income.
Miami police said they made 33 arrests on the second day of Ultra, up from 22 arrests on day one.
I think we re seeing a combination of things.
We re seeing the fence jumpers, we re seeing some that go in sober and have to be taken out, said Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden.
Calls for help also kept rescue crews busy. Miami firefighters used brand new vehicles, designed and built by the department, to navigate the crowds and reach patients. They were used to perform 55 rescues on Saturday.
We ve had some people sustain minor injuries as a result of dancing and then we ve had some people that were found unconscious or used some illegal substances that caused them to overdose, said Carroll.
We want you to have fun but you know let s keep in mind we have to do our job.
We want to do our job safely everyone to go home safely and we want to go home safely, said Burden.
The Ultra Music Festival wrapped up Sunday night.
CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed to this report.