A safety guard who used pepper spray on a crowd together with rapper Boosie Badazz says he did so as a result of a person was making an attempt to start out a combat with him as he tried to get the group to go away a retailer. In an interview with The Solar Herald, 55-year-old Glen Kerley additionally denied utilizing racial slurs.
He spoke with the newspaper after profitable a $233,000 default judgment towards the Louisiana rapper, whose given title is Torrance Hatch, and bodyguard Larry Anderson, who didn’t present up at courtroom to defend themselves towards Kerley’s harm lawsuit.
Kerley testified he was assaulted whereas coping with the rapper and onlookers at a Dillard’s retailer throughout Biloxi’s 2017 Black Seashore Weekend. Kerley stated he was informed that the group had been requested to go away the shop, however he doesn’t know why.
He stated he was making an attempt to get the group to go away when one man turned, clenching a fist, and stated, “Don’t touch me.”
Kerley stated he pepper-sprayed the person to stop a combat contained in the fragrance division.
The group moved to a different a part of the shop, the place video exhibits Kerley pepper-sprayed a person within the face whereas a number of others, together with Boosie, stood close by. Kerley stated the person he sprayed was saying, “Come on, me and you. Right here. Right now.”
He stated he was knocked within the head within the retailer and as he left with the group. A Biloxi police officer’s sworn assertion stated he intervened when a member of the rapper’s group lunged at Kerley.
Boosie posted an internet video telling Black Seashore members to run in the event that they get stopped by police in Biloxi or Gulfport. The rapper additionally sued the shop.
One other Dillard’s worker testified in a pretrial listening to that Kerley was identified for aggressiveness towards black customers.
Kerley, who’s retired from the Biloxi Police Division, has left Dillard’s however nonetheless works as a safety guard.
He stated he’s skilled in coping with individuals and utilizing drive, treats everybody with respect and doesn’t use racial slurs.
“You don’t have to berate,” he stated. “You don’t have to degrade.”
He stated on-line movies of the incident have been closely edited.
“You can’t sit there and go tit for tat on YouTube,” he stated. “You just have to take it.”