Instructor: Private security limited in use of force

Texas' rules regarding private security in the state. (Kevin Schwaller)
Texas' rules regarding private security in the state. (Kevin Schwaller)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After Kung Fu Saloon bartender Robert Camillone was charged with aggravated assault, KXAN News is looking into when businesses can use force. The incident left customer Joey O’Hare in the Intensive Care Unit with a brain injury.

Glenn Jones teaches students who could go on to guard stores or become body guards. They learn how to deescalate heated situations and when they can use force.

“It takes a special kind of individual to work at bars and clubs because you’re dealing with guys that are drunk, under the influence, you’re having to kick these people out and so forth,” said Glenn Jones, senior instructor at Texas Certified Training Academy.

Security guards, like anyone, can defend themselves, but Jones says they don’t get special treatment from the law — with or without special training.

“The only authority they have is the same as anybody walking down the street…citizen’s arrest at best,” said Jones. “So, they can make a citizen’s arrest, just like you or I can.”

KXAN News also asked Kung Fu Saloon’s lawyer, Randy Howry, about training for employees, but he pointed to the pending case and did not talk about any policies.

“That’s important information and that information will emerge as we present the evidence in this case,” said Howry.

Now it’s up to the courts to find out what happened and decide if Camillone acted within his rights on a night that ended in pain.

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