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Supervisor Chris Daly on Tuesday introduced a resolution calling for Lennar to formally apologize to a group dedicated to stopping the joint project with the city for “irresponsible and potentially dangerous behavior” over the security guard incident.
Daly said he was “horrified” Lennar sent an armed security guard to a community meeting in a mosque.
The group, known as the Stop Lennar Action Movement, includes members of the Nation of Islam and had organized the meeting at the Nation of Islam mosque on Third Street in February. They contend the shipyard project is kicking up toxic dust, although a draft EPA report on the issue said effective safeguards are in place.
The security guard told investigators that men from the mosque held him against his will for about 45 minutes, including throwing him against a wall, handcuffing him to a light pole and calling him “you white mother f-,” according to the police report.
Daly, who was not at the meeting, took issue with that description, saying, “the events as described are not the events that seemed to have happened that have been corroborated by multiple folks.”
The police report, though, says the security guard, a retired police sergeant with a permit for carrying a concealed weapon, told investigators he “was in fear for his life.”
Tuesday’s developments come a week after Daly praised the Nation of Islam for “showing some restraint” when its personnel hauled the security guard away while he tried to record the meeting.
“This was a tinderbox situation,” Daly said at last week’s board meeting. “A law might not have been violated, but this is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. Thank goodness it only ended up with him only handcuffed to a pole for an hour. This is the best outcome I can think of. So thank you to the Nation of Islam for showing some restraint.”
Nation of Islam personnel wanted the guard arrested for trespassing, but officer declined, noting the meeting was “open to the public and anyone in the community was invited to attend,” the police report said.