December 2, 2018
Age at Death:
Mr. Hart lived in the Los Angelos area and was part of a homeless community. He was described as stylish, sweet, always trying to help other people in the homeless community.
Shortly after 8 p.m., Mr. Hart [also known as Sky Young] got into an argument with a security guard at a Walgreens in the area, said a Los Angeles Police Officer. The security guard pulled out a handgun and shot Mr. Hart, police said. Mr. Hart was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:22 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Mr. Hart died from a gunshot wound to the neck/back. The security guard was not arrested. Attorneys for Mr. Hart’s family said that a wrongful-death suit is planned against Walgreens. An attorney for the family said Mr. Hart was not armed nor was he shoplifting. Mr. Hart had gotten in a confrontation earlier that night with the same security guard and spoke with the store manager before continuing to shop, the lawyer said. The lawyer said Mr. Hart was profiled, harassed and ultimately shot because he was a homeless, gay, black man.
Was justice served?
No. As of January 3, 2019, the 28 year old Walgreen's security guard pled not guilty to the charge of second degree murder. The guard was being represented by the infamous Mark Geragos. The family is suing Walgreen's for $525 million - reports were Mr. Hart told employees of Walgreen's he and his friends did not feel welcome in the store and no actions were taken. The guard said he suspected Mr. Hart of shoplifting a $2.99 water flavoring product. The only item found on Mr. Hart at the time of his death was his state issued ID. Family said he suffered from mental illness.