Armed security guard creates stir at meeting 

A former city police officer working security for Lennar Corp. caused a tense scene last week when he attended a public anti-Lennar organizing meeting armed with a handgun.

Police received a call Feb. 18 at 9:15 p.m. about a 50-year-old white man with a gun and a tape recorder surrounded by eight black men, according to the police report.

The group was outside the Center for Self Improvement and Community Development at 5048 Third St., a building that serves as a mosque for the Nation of Islam.

Inside, an activist group called Stop Lennar Action Movement was discussing an environmental impact report for development in the Bayview district when activists noticed the ex-cop and his white companion.

When police arrived, the ex-cop’s hands were cuffed around a light pole outside and he told police he was in "fear for his life," the report said. The man, whose name was not released by police, told officers he had a gun in his right back pocket and that he was a retired police sergeant. He told police he was held captive for 30 minutes.

Lennar often sends employees to neighborhood meetings to gather community feedback, Lennar spokesman Glenn Bunting said. But in this case, executives did not feel comfortable sending a regular employee to the meeting, so they called upon their security firm, which sent the ex-cop.

Willie Ratliff, a Bayview activist and publisher of the San Francisco Bay View, said the man’s pistol was in his back pocket, clear for everyone to see.

The District Attorney’s Office has not filed charges.

Examiner Staff Writer John Upton contributed to this report

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