Daniel Gilroy, the co-worker who warned of Omar Mateen’s deranged hatred, earlier was a victim of political correctness
Political correctness is a theme woven through the backstory of the Orlando nightclub jihad killer. Law enforcement and his employer were unable to cull out Omar Mateen from his job as a security guard and access to serious weapons, enabling his short but bloody career as a self-radicalized jihadi.
Heartbreakingly, there was a man who tried to warn of this smoldering human inferno. The Los Angeles Times explains:
Daniel Gilroy, 44, worked with Mateen for about a year as a security guard at PGA Village South in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
"I complained multiple times that he was dangerous, that he didn't like blacks, women, lesbians and Jews," Gilroy told The Times on Sunday.
Mateen threatened violence in front of him, Gilroy said. Once when Mateen saw an African American man driving past, he said he wished he could kill all black people, using a racial slur, Gilroy recalled.
"You meet bigots," Gilroy said, "But he was above and beyond. He was always angry, sweating, just angry at the world."
Gilroy’s warning went unheeded:
Gilroy said he quit his security job after Mateen began harassing him, sending as many as 20 or 30 text messages a day and more than a dozen phone messages. Gilroy said his employer, G4S, did not intervene.
"I saw this coming," he said.
I wondered a bit when I read the description of the security guard job he had held and Daniel Gilroy's experience. If he is 44 today, the position he briefly held with Mateen in 2014-15 may have been his first job after he had put in his 20 years as a patrolman. It seemed a step down from being a patrolman in a city of 45,000, so I Googled him.
In 2007 Gilroy had been featured in a notorious viral video: Police Officer Punching 15-Year Old Girl and Arresting Her.
The teenage black girl was detained on a curfew violation. While she was petite, she was also hysterical and perhaps high. Gilroy was alone and was clearly having problems meeting all the department protocols, which seemed to included cuffing all detainees behind the back before putting them in the cruiser as well as videotaping the detainment of female suspects as a way to prevent false harassment claims. Initially he was more than patient and kept telling her he didn't want to hurt her, so she needed to do as she was told and let him cuff both of her wrists. I have feral cats that mind me better than she minded his advice. And like a feral cat, she bit him! That's when he got rough.
The tape made it to CNN. Al Sharpton's group at least initially thought they smelled a payday. There was also a huge amount of online discussion on various blogs about both the punch and the use of pepper spray. There was also some pushback over the usual use of overcharging. She never even broke the skin on his gloved hand, but she was charged with a felony assault as well as the misdemeanor of resisting arrest.
The problem is that even though Gilroy seems to have been in the right, being featured in a viral video on excessive force was likely a career-limiting move when he sought another job after retiring from the local police department. After all the media mentions of Gilroy over the last two days, it will take a far more diligent search than I used in order to discover this video.