An unidentified Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) 'hospitality ambassador' was recently caught on video punching a homeless man behind a CVS store in Berkeley, California.
DBA CEO John Caner said the ambassador will be fired, and a second ambassador, who witnessed the incident, will be placed on suspension.
On the video (below), the two ambassadors confronted two homeless men in an alley on March 19. The confrontation quickly escalated.
“It’s clearly totally unacceptable,” Caner told Berkeleyside.com. “We apologize to [the victim] and to the community. This is clearly so out of the realm of acceptable behavior and totally contrary to all of the training provided to ambassadors.”
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The Guardian reports that the homeless men were originally charged by police, and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery, but now Alameda County prosecutors are going to review the case.