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AT&T Stadium security guard accused of assault at Cowboys-Panthers game

Police are investigating an assault complaint against an AT&T Stadium security guard over an incident during the Thanksgiving Day game between the Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.
Police are investigating an assault complaint against an AT&T Stadium security guard over an incident during the Thanksgiving Day game between the Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.

Police are investigating an assault complaint against an AT&T Stadium security guard over an incident during the Thanksgiving Day game between the Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.

The incident was between the guard and a Carolina fan during the game, won by the Panthers.

An online video (warning: graphic language) shows the Panthers fan being placed in a headlock by a man in an orange security shirt. At one point, the fan escapes the guard’s grasp before leaving the lower bowl section on his own. It’s unclear what started the incident.

The complaint is being investigated as a Class A misdemeanor, said Lt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman. The police report was unavailable Tuesday.

Cowboys officials could not be immediately reached for comment. Arrests are not uncommon at AT&T. Before the Thanksgiving Day game, Arlington police had made 30 arrests at AT&T Stadium this year, compared with 106 in 2014 and 54 in 2013. Most were for public intoxication.

Arlington police assist with stadium security on game days, but the guard in the video was not an Arlington officer.

Many of the officers are outside the stadium, working the parking lots and traffic detail, while others work inside, where they interact with fans and back up AT&T’s security staff.

In a Star-Telegram article that ran last month, Cook said all officers who provide security at AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park and Six Flags Over Texas take an online course that teaches “the Arlington way” of treating the public.

The course insists that everyone an officer encounters in the entertainment district be treated as a tourist, someone who spends money in Arlington and should be encouraged to come back.

It is unclear whether AT&T security guards undergo the same training, but in the previous article, Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said in an email that “our primary concern for all visitors and guests is ensuring a safe and pleasurable experience at the stadium.”

Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST

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