A trucker recently released video footage that he claims shows he and his wife being attacked by security guards when they went to pick up a load. He is facing charges of assault and disorderly conduct in court this week.
Clinton and Shannon Kirker are a husband and wife team who have been driving for almost 15 years. In September, they were picking up a load at Metro Foods in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Clinton says they believed the load was just produce, so it was odd when security guards asked them to get out of the truck so they could inspect the vehicle.
Neither driver realized that the load they were picking up was actually from Metro Logics, a company which stores high-value pharmaceuticals including vaccines for the CDC.
“I saw it said Metro Food/Metro Logics. I had no idea it would be any sort of secure facility,” Clinton told Local Memphis.
After the Kirkers exited the cab, they were told to keep their hands out of their pockets. Clinton admits that he put his hands back in his pockets out of habit and that’s when things started getting tense. The Kirkers decided to leave, but the security guards stopped them.
“We started walking back to the truck and that’s when the guard stepped in front of me and said, ‘you can’t leave yet.’ I told him ‘I’m leaving. I can leave.’ He said, ‘no, you can’t,’” said Clinton.
In the video it appears that the guard put his hands on Clinton when he tried to prevent him from getting back in his cab. Clinton appeared to push him off, and that’s when the fight broke out. Both Clinton and Shannon were wrestled to the ground by multiple security officers.
“He didn’t have a right to touch me, neither guard had a right to do what they did to me,” claimed Clinton.
Clinton posted a picture on social media of his face after the incident which shows scrapes and bruising where his face was pushed into the ground.
It was only recently that the Kirkers found out what the were actually supposed to haul. They claim that they would not have accepted the load if they had known there were going to be hauling sensitive pharmaceuticals for the CDC.
Kirker was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
“Security for the facility is provided by an outside security firm,” read a statement put out by Metro Logics. “All trucks are inspected prior to entering, as has been the case for many years. Thousands of trucks have been inspected in a professional and courteous manner with no altercations. Outside of the above statement, the company does not comment on legal proceedings.”
You can see the video of the incident below. The altercation starts at around 5:00. Later in the video a paramedic arrives and you can see Clinton’s bloody face as he sits handcuffed on the ground.