- More than $20,000 has been raised for Atlanta strip mall employee Darien Long so that he can buy himself better, more protective gear after a video that shows him tasering a violent woman in front of her children went viral.
In the shocking 5-minute-long video, Long repeatedly asks two women (who now face numerous charges in relation to the incident) to “back it up” away from a downtown Atlanta mall as they spit and throw things at him.
“Don't yell at my motherf***ing kids!,” says one woman. “You'll get beat!"
The women and their children continue to hurl racist, homophobic slurs and obscenities toward the guard as he asks them to leave, until eventually one woman rushes toward him swinging her arms. Long can be seen pulling out a stun gun and using it to subdue the woman.
The video has since been viewed approximately 1.2 million times, spawning thousands of comments on LiveLeak, Twitter, YouTube, news articles and Reddit.
While some people have criticized Long for tasering a mother in front of her children, many more have come to his defense, praising the mall cop for fighting off the troublemakers.
The Reddit community has been particularly supportive of Long and his actions.
A campaign by created Redditor RyuKenya on the crowdfunding platform CrowdTilt Thursday has since collected $22,404.64 from 901 different contributors.
- "He is a nice guy and that area is very dangerous," wrote RyuKenya on Reddit explaining his reason for starting the campaign. "There is a cop station around the block but people still sell drugs around there. He has to wear kevlar and has his own mugshot book. He was not too proud about tasing the woman and wished it could have been avoided."
He later posted this video of himself interviewing Long after tracking him down in Atlanta.
- "I don’t care about the fame or none of that crap," Long said. "What I want is street gambling to go away. The people who just hang down here to make money and be disruptive and for the drug dealing to leave this area. You can’t ever get rid of all the crime in any city but it shouldn’t be in such proximity to the seat of power of the state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta."
Long was also interviewed this week by Atlanta news station WSB-TV about the incident. "I feel like the taser and the camera are the two most effective tools that I have," he said. “Do what you’re supposed to do or you get what’s coming to you.”
- What are your thoughts on Darien Long's actions? Should he be praised for tasering the unruly woman? Or does his reaction seem excessive to you?