Was Former Cal Force security guard Dustin Arlis White just looking for a fight last February?
“Absolutely not. I was there to do my job,” he said, as he speaks out for the first time about claims made against him in a newly filed excessive force lawsuit.
It’s a suit all about a shooting that happened early in the year when he was on duty outside of a Sacramento 7-Eleven on Mack Road.
The early stages of his confrontation with Sulman Hafeez were captured by surveillance cameras.
As that confrontation escalated and Hafeez was tased three times and shot, their tussle rolled out of the cameras’ view.
Hafeez’ attorney, Matthew Eason, admits his client was drunk and did urinate on the convenience store’s wall after being refused access to the restroom inside.
But Eason describes White as violence-hungry based on what’s seen in the video and what the guard has shared on social media.
“The mace attack…when you look at how he shakes the mace, he’s prepared to mace him before there’s even an event,” said Eason.
“We found a plea on Facebook for people to donate money to him go back overseas and be a private mercenary and fight – all characteristic of somebody who wants to fight.”
According to White, his initial grab for his mace came after watching Hafeez yell at customers and refuse to leave during three hours of loitering at the 7-Eleven.
“He’s like challenging me at every step,” said White. “Then made a move at me like ‘What are you gonna do.’ That’s how it went.”
White says what looks like a bow in the surveillance tape, was really an aggressive move Hafeez chose to make in his direction.
“I moved him off the concrete and into the grass. I’m not heartless. I’m not gonna slam him into the concrete,” he said.
White says he knew at that point he was going to have to take Hafeez down to arrest him because he wouldn’t comply.
That’s when he says Hafeez beat his head next to a tree stump while sitting on his stomach.
“Swinging elbows and hands closed fist,” White described.
The pair pop briefly back into view during the exchange.
White appears in control, but says the man soon facing trial for attacking him was relentless.
“Nothing else stopped him – my spray, my taser even my physical presence. That one shot stopped him and I was able to get off my back and handcuff him,” said White as he recounted the crux of the excessive force complaint against him.
The Iraq war veteran, husband and father of four children five years to five-months-old, has also been accused by Hafeez’s attorney of manufacturing injuries at the shooting scene when left alone with his own knife.
“Mind boggling….that someone would talk about me like that. That’s not who I am in any way shape or form. I just don’t go around attacking people.”
White was actually involved in another shooting incident along Mack Road just four months after his tussle with Hafeez.
He would not comment about that shooting.
The owners of what was Cal Force – the company that put White out on patrol – officially say they have no comment about the suit in which they’re also a named defendant.