Watch the video of an outraged Anthony Johnson at the source site. He’s a white guy who was just doing his job. The ethnicity of his attackers is not clear because of the grainy quality of the video showing the fight, which took place inside the store.
A Safeway clerk who says he punched a man in self-defense has been suspended by the supermarket chain.
Surveillance video obtained by KIRO 7 shows Anthony Johnson in a fight with a man he says pulled a knife on him. “I did what anybody else would do, I defended myself,” Johnson said.
But Johnson says even though police agree he was acting in self-defense, Safeway has suspended him for the fight while they investigate the incident.
“You know my manager was literally there,” Johnson said. “He was the one who told me there was a knife being drawn. Why should I be punished for something that I could have been sent to the hospital, maybe to my grave, for?”
It was Thursday when Johnson said he caught two men inside the store in the 6000 block of 6th Avenue trying to steal things several different times. When he found the men back in the store around 10 p.m., he confronted them along with his manager. As they were trying to get the men to leave, one of them drew a knife.
“I looked down, he had the knife like this, pointed up. He was this close to my ribs,” Johnson said. “I punched the guy. I tried to get the knife away from him.”
The video shows Johnson knocking the man away from him and wrestling him for the weapon. Johnson says he managed to get the knife away and the men ran off.
He filed a report with the Tacoma Police Department. Police spokeswoman Officer Shelby Boyd said officers found no reason to charge Johnson with a crime because he acted in self-defense.
Johnson says he’s angry that Safeway isn’t allowing him to get back to work.
“Now I’m getting punished for a deadly situation? That’s just wrong,” Johnson said.
KIRO 7 called the media representative at Safeway’s headquarters in Pleasanton, California, for comment on the incident and the suspension. The call was not returned.
Liberals have made stores like Safeway afraid of lawsuits. The shoplifters might sue Safeway for the actions of Johnson, who foolishly in my view put his life at risk to protect store property.
On the other hand, if you own a store and you want your property safe and secure, hire someone like Anthony Johnson to manage it. The very demonized white male is also the very most conscientious employee that anyone might want.
One more thing. Fingerprints should be lifted from the knife that Johnson wrestled away from the perp. Once identified from fingerprints, he should be arrested and charged with menacing or attempted murder.