Security guard accused of assault no longer working at GSO Depot

by Jordan Green

Warrant taken out by Latin King not served, but security officer Byron Meadows faces assault charge based on separate incident

Security guard accused of assault no longer working at GSO Depot

A private security guard accused of punching a Greensboro Transit Authority patron has been banned from working on city property, a city official confirmed Monday. A Greensboro Human Relations Department investigator concluded in a report released earlier this month that Lankford Protective Services security officer Byron Wayne Meadows punched 22-year-old Russell Kilfoil, who is Latino, at the Depot in downtown Greensboro in July in what could be considered an act of discrimination. “After we reviewed the circumstances that took place in the case as well as the actions by a supervisor, it was deemed that it was best for him to not work on city property by the city manager,” Assistant City Manager Denise Turner said. She added that Meadows might still be employed by Lankford Protective Services. Sam Lankford, owner of the company, could not be reached for comment on Monday, and a call to a residential listing for Byron W. Meadows was not returned. Kilfoil is a member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, a group considered to be a gang by the Greensboro Police Department. North Carolina Latin King Inca Jorge Cornell hailed the decision as a triumph. “He’s banned; that’s a big victory for us,” Cornell said. “That’s part of the justice we’re seeking. He still remains employed by Lankford. Lankford is backing him up all the way. All that’s telling us is that Lankford is condoning racism. I stress that very hard. That’s not cool. I’m just glad the city manager stepped up to say he didn’t want him working on city property.” Meanwhile, Meadows is facing trial on Jan. 13 for a separate incident. Meadows is charged with misdemeanor assault based on a complaint filed by Hiram Gardner of Greensboro, who alleges he was struck by Meadows three days after the incident involving Kilfoil occurred. “I was sitting at the bus terminal when I was approached by two security officers,” Gardner wrote in a statement. “Mr. Meadows questioned me about being at the Depot. I told him I was waiting on the bus. I continued my conversation on the phone when Mr. Meadows grabbed me around my throat and began slamming me on the bench. This attack was unprovoked. I called the GPD and the patrolman came out and took my statement.” The Latin Kings and their lawyer had been under the impression that Meadows faced trial based on the incident involving Kilfoil, but a source with the Guilford County Criminal Warrant Magistrate’s office said the warrant taken out against Meadows by Kilfoil was never served. A woman at the criminal magistrate magistrate’s office who identified herself as J. Jamieson said a warrant taken out by Kilfoil on July 8 named Bryan Wayne Meadows as the suspect. The person identified in the human relations report as Kilfoil’s assailant is Byron Wayne Meadows. Cpl. K. LaBoard, with the Greensboro Police Department’s warrant squad, confirmed that the warrant against Bryan Wayne Meadows had not been served. Cornell, who was with Kilfoil when he spoke by phone on Monday, said the victim gave a magistrate only the security officer’s first and middle initials, BW — as shown on his badge — when he took out the warrant. The Latin Kings have said numerous times that Kilfoil tried to take out a warrant against Meadows immediately after the incident, but was told by a magistrate that he could not do so because the suspect was a police officer. Cornell said Kilfoil then went to the Greensboro Human Relations Department to file a complaint, and was told by Human Relations Director Anthony Wade that Meadows was in fact a private security officer, not a police officer. Later, Kilfoil returned to the criminal warrant magistrate’s office and took out a warrant against Meadows, not knowing that it used an incorrect name for the suspect. LaBoard said for the warrant to be properly served Kilfoil will have to go back to the criminal warrant magistrate’s office and correct the error. “The victim that filed the warrant needs to find out why the name is [misspelled],” she said. “Did he have the wrong name or did the magistrate type the wrong name? Let’s say the magistrate typed the wrong name. The magistrate can recall the warrant and amend the name, and the charges will stay the same. If the victim gave the wrong name and is sure this is the person, they will amend the warrant and issue a new one.”