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    Six Flags Security Guards Accused of Beating Park Guests

    It appears that the security forces at Disneyland aren't the only ones getting power trips.

    Allegations have been raised that security forces at Six Flags Discover Kingom in Vallejo have been assaulting park guests at random. In the past 24 months over 12 incidents have been reported where guards have assaulted park guests so badly that they have required medical attention.

    The most recently reported attack is from a man who went to Six Flags on July the 4th with his family and younger brother. When he got there, was accused by a security guard of being under the influence and escorted out. While waiting for his family outside of the park gates, he noticed a group of security guards hastling a group a teenagers. When the man made a comment about it to his brother, the security guards handcuffed him, threw him to the ground and started beating him. The result: broken bones in the face, a concussion, and a permantently damaged eye.

    For more information on this (and for a video showing just how violent the security guards are) please go to Beating Allegations At Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - cbs5.com

    After viewing this, I'm not sure I want to go to a Six Flags park ever again.
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    Re: Six Flags Security Guards Accused of Beating Park Guests

    1: Every one of these guards involved in this should be incarcerated for a very long time.
    2: This park has forever lost any chance of getting my business. Nevermind that my interest in this park (and the rest of Six Flags actually) was minimal to begin with.

    Having been subject to less-than-appropriate conduct by private security guards before, this sort of thing only further justifies my being somewhat afraid and uncomfortable around them in general, and makes me less trusting of legitimate law enforcement as well.

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    Re: Six Flags Security Guards Accused of Beating Park Guests

    IMO, it's not fair to blame the park for the attitude of a few. SFDK is actually a very beautiful park that shouldn't get passed by just because of these jerks.


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    Re: Six Flags Security Guards Accused of Beating Park Guests

    I was at SFDK this year, my daughter and her girl scout troop spent the night there. I think I saw maybe 3 uniformed security all day and no problems.

    There's two sides to every story, especially when it comes to security & law enforcement accusations. I won't condone those in business who are on a power trip and take things too far, but the vast majority are not like that and even when physical action is needed are controlled. That doesn't stop the people who are causing the disturbance in the first place to claim they were "beaten" or "picked on".

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    Re: Six Flags Security Guards Accused of Beating Park Guests

    Every time I've been a guest at this park I've never seen the security personnel act without proper cause. With millions of guests visiting every year it isn't very shocking to me that there are bound to be disruptive guests who need to be removed from the park. It equally isn't shocking to me that those same guests would claim to do no wrong (i.e. absolute innocence), and then in turn try get something out of it (i.e. lawsuit). That article is just another example of bad journalism against the amusement park industry that plays on the public's fears, specifically that if they go to a Six Flags park, they will get beaten at random.

    This is the same type of thing that has happened many times before in the past including at Disneyland, where a guest does something they are not supposed to (maybe not follow ride rules), end up suffering an injury and then blame it on the park, which in turn causes the media to present the story as if the rides at the park are unsafe. What I'm getting at is that in these types of situations there's a cause and effect. Stick your foot out of the vehicle on Indiana Jones you will probably cause injury to yourself. Using profanity with children present will probably cause you to be removed from the park. Refusing to leave the park will probably cause you to be lead away forcefully.
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    Re: Six Flags Security Guards Accused of Beating Park Guests

    Wow. This is just sad. I actually believe it too. I've noticed that some security guards can be very power-hungry (no offense to anyone out there, but I've just noticed that some of them love power) and would do something like this. I come from a place where police are constantly getting in trouble for killing or hurting someone without a real good reason and I have no doubt that there are others like them out there. This is sad and maybe the people were getting beat up for a reason, but should they have been beaten so badly? No. Situations can be handled better than beating!
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    Re: Six Flags Security Guards Accused of Beating Park Guests

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    IMO, it's not fair to blame the park for the attitude of a few. SFDK is actually a very beautiful park that shouldn't get passed by just because of these jerks.
    I wholeheartedly agree. Besides, I haven't heard a word of this in the news. Discovery Kingdom (formerly Marine World) has remained a wonderful experience for decades for me, my family and friends. Everyone that I have interacted with (management, ride and exhibit operators, entertainment personalities, consessioneers, trainers, custodians and security guards) have all been highly friendly human beings that take a personal interest in guests.

    On the other hand, I have ran into rude, threatening guests that I got away from as soon as I could. Until somebody shows me headlines about out of step security, I will reserve my judgement.
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    Re: Six Flags Security Guards Accused of Beating Park Guests

    Kpix.com released this update last night.

    Last month, CBS 5 Investigates told you about visitors to a Bay Area theme park who say they were beaten by security guards. Now there are serious questions about how local police handled many of those cases.

    Tricia Tenaglia took her three daughters and her boyfriend to Vallejo's Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in August. "The girls were actually really excited," said Tenaglia. Until at the end of the day, they found the food court closed early. And with three hungry kids: "I was pretty upset," she said.

    So Tenaglia asked two security guards how to file a complaint, but said "They weren't interested in helping me. I was disappointed and said basically, thanks for nothing, you know."

    But as Tenaglia and her boyfriend began to walk away, the guards followed, separating them from her children then surrounding them. "It was really scary and they said don't stop. We said we're just trying to get our children there behind us," she said.

    Then she said one guard started kicking the back of her boyfriend's feet and when his shoe came off. "He leans over to pick it up and the guy who had been kicking him jumped on top of him," Tenaglia said.

    And then beat him, she said, in the face. "It was pretty horrible. I mean his face was really bad."

    Tenaglia said as she held her daughter, the guards knocked her to her knees then pulled her six year old from her arms. "They kept saying that my kids were going to jail and we were going to jail," she said.

    Yet Tenaglia and Scaco were the ones charged with battery. Their case is just one in a string of nearly a dozen arrests over more than two years found by CBS 5 Investigates. Arrests experts say raise questions about how security guards at Six Flags treat customers.

    But those private security guards can only make citizen's arrests. Vallejo Police come to the scene and make the real arrest. So CBS 5 Investigates wanted to know what the police would say about those incidents.

    CBS 5 asked Vallejo Police Lieutenant Abel Tenorio. "I'm not familiar with any of their cases," he said.

    "Do you know whether the Vallejo police department has ever looked into the conduct of the guards in these incidents?" we asked him. His response: "I do not know that."

    But he said Vallejo Police don't just rely on the guards' accounts, they do their own investigation. "And that's the same level of investigation as these officers would give to any call that they receive anywhere in Vallejo?" CBS 5 asked Tenorio. He responded, "Yes."

    But not so said former police officer and Sacramento private security trainer Steve Caballero. "This is just not going to happen," he says. "They are not going to stand there and try to investigate the entire situation and talk to everybody and spend hours and hours and hours on that site."

    And why? Caballero said because the police department is very stacked up.

    Which could explain why in Tenaglia and Scaco's case, the arrest report doesn't mention something critical: A witness who supports the couple's version of events, describing in this statement provided to their lawyer how a "crew, 6 or so security guards" attacked Andrew Scaco, then "stomped him into the ground."

    When CBS 5 Investigates read the statement to Lieutenant Tenorio he said: "Why didn't they approach the police officers who were there?"

    "You're saying it's the witness's job to find the police officers?" CBS 5 asked him. "Isn't it the police officer's job to find the witnesses?" He responded, "No...yes. The police officers can try to find witnesses."

    What about looking into serious injuries sustained by some guests in incidents, such as Corey Carlson? His run-in with Six Flags guards over the summer left him with broken facial bones, and a concussion.

    "If they said that this had happened to them at the hands of police, don't you think people would be wondering what the heck happened?" we asked Lt. Tenorio.

    "I would want to know what occurred to cause this incident, sure," he said.

    "Isn't it the police officers' job to take a look at that and say you know, wait a minute, I want to know how that guy wound up looking that way?" CBS 5 asked Tenorio. "Isn't that what happens when they're out there to make the arrest?" was his reply.

    To which CBS 5 asked him: "I don't know, that's the question."

    "That's what's supposed to be taking place," he said.

    But Caballero, who reviewed the nearly dozen cases found by CBS 5 Investigates, said what he sees as a lack of investigation raises disturbing questions.

    "Even in some cases the police department would have a problem here, because they were at the scene. They should have found out what happened, investigated to the point where they would talk to the person that was injured, conduct a very thorough investigation," Caballero said.

    Something Tenaglia believes never happened in their case. She said, "To me it's pretty absurd when there is two people with injuries that are being charged with battery. Who knows what else they could have done. It was really scary."

    Six Flags defends their guards' training and says in all of those incidents the guests did something wrong. Here is the statement they released Thursday to CBS 5 Investigates:

    "The safety and well being of the families that visit our park is our first and most important priority. We have a Code of Conduct that we expect all guests to adhere to in order to ensure a clean, safe, family-friendly experience for everyone. Our own internal investigation revealed that security personnel in these instances operated in accordance with training and protocols – their response was dictated by the behaviors and actions of the guests. We hold our employees to the highest of standards. We hold our guests to those same standards."
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    Re: Six Flags Security Guards Accused of Beating Park Guests

    I used to have an AP for SFDK, back when it was Marine World. During that time, I demonstrated a level of fandom that DL finds pretty typical of its AP's, but which was new for Marine World. Because of this, I made more than one manager nervous and got a talking-to by Security now and then, but never once did they stoop to assault and battery. Glad I let that AP lapse when SF took over or I might be posting this from a hospital bed!
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