An off-duty security guard has been fired after allegedly ordering a "Trayvon Martini" from a black bartender in Kansas City, Missouri, in what was apparently an attempt to mock the 2012 death of the unarmed black teen at the hands of a neighborhood watchman.
The guard was identified by the Kansas City Star as Michael Dargy Jr., who, before this incident, was employed by Chesley Brown International, an Atlanta-based security firm. The bartender, Alobar Bandaloop, first revealed the encounter in a Facebook post.
"A piece of s*** named Mike Dargy wandered his racist a** into my bar and ordered a Travon (sic) Martini," Bandaloop wrote. "Wtf. Then when he noticed the shock on my face, he decided to tell me [the] recipe.
"One shot of vodka, watermelon juice, and it only takes one shot because it only takes one shot to put him down!"
What did the company say about it?
Chesley Brown International released a statement about the incident to the Kansas City Star:
"Once this information was brought to our attention, we opened an internal investigation which led to this suspension and the removal of the employee from the property. While the investigation continues and remains active, the officer's employment with Chesley Brown has ended.
"Chesley Brown International has NO tolerance for hate, bigotry or prejudice. The company embraces diversity and inclusion as one of its core values. We hope that our quick response to this situation shows our commitment to the Westport Community.
Dargy, who told KCUR that Bandaloop's post was "extremely embellished," worked as a security guard in the Westport neighborhood. He was a former police recruit with the Olathe Police Department, but didn't finish his training.
Why was this a big deal?
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida. The optics of a neighborhood security guard making jokes about shooting black people were unacceptable to Dargy's employer and to Bandaloop.
"He's paid by the neighborhood to walk around with a pistol and 'police' the area," Bandaloop wrote. "This is a huge issue with me. Who can trust this man in any interaction with an African-American?"
(H/T USA Today)