Panhandler says mall security guard threw bucket of water on him

Charlottetown police are investigating an incident

Published on March 19, 2016

Brandon Bernard, the young man profiled by The Guardian on Friday, says he was sitting outside a door to the Confederation Court Mall when the door swung open and mall security dumped water on top of him.

 

©Guardian photo by Michael Connor McCarthy

An 18-year-old panhandler says a run-in with security at the Confederation Court Mall in Charlottetown on Thursday included guards throwing a bucket of a water on him. 

Brandon Bernard, the young man profiled by The Guardian on Friday, says he was sitting outside a door to the mall when the door swung open and mall security dumped water on top of him.

Charlottetown police confirmed they are investigating an incident at the mall, which was reported a little after 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Charlottetown Police Sgt. Dave Pound says there is an investigation underway. He said police have two persons of interest.

Bernard says mall security had asked him to vacate the doorway about 15 minutes earlier.

Following the water incident, he said he could hear laughter coming from inside the mall doors. 

In a Facebook post dated to Thursday morning, Bernard’s father, Johnny Thompson, says he was waiting at the mall with Bernard to speak to staff about the incident.

“Might be just water to you, but it’s a it’s a assault on my boy,” he posted.

Thompson did not want to do an interview. 

Representatives at Dyne Holdings, owners of Confederation Court Mall, could not be reached for comment.

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