LOS ANGELES, Calif. – National civil rights and personal injury attorney Carl Douglas (Douglas/Hicks Law) is calling for a boycott of Walgreens (#BoycottWalgreens) stores after executives declined to temporarily remove armed guards from stores following the tragic fatal shooting death of a 21-year-old homeless man by an armed guard in their store.
Jonathan Hart, who was also known as Sky Young, was fatally shot Dec. 2 inside a Walgreens store at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood.
Jonathan was leaving the store after a shoplifting dispute when an armed security shot him in the back of he neck. A video from an eyewitness
shows that after shooting Jonathan, the unidentified guard stood over him and failed to offer any life saving first aid.
At a news conference on Tuesday, attorney Carl Douglas said Walgreens only has armed security guards at certain stores in the Los Angeles area.
“Each of these stores are in the black, brown and homeless and LGBT communities, and we want to know why.” Douglas said.
“Jonathan was not shoplifting,” he continued. “Let me repeat that. Jonathan was not shoplifting when he was shot. That’s the propaganda Walgreens wants you to report.”
He added: “I dare say, Jonathan Hart was profiled because he was homeless. He was harassed because he was gay and he was shot because he was black.”
Douglas plans to file a lawsuit against Walgreens seeking $525 million in damages and an explanation about why it has armed guards only at stores in minority communities.
“The only way that we will be able to make our community safe for all the Jonathan Harts of the world is by hitting Walgreens where it hurts,” he said.