Forever 21, the store responsible for the security force that put a choke hold on an apparently deaf shoplifting suspect has issued a statement about the incident.
“We are troubled by the video and do not condone the use of excessive physical force by our employees. We are investigating this matter and will take action once we have the full story.”
KABC also reports that the alleged shoplifter was arrested and charged with robbery, but was released when he posted bail. The man’s brother, also seen in the video, was not charged. Officials said the man charged had a prior record, but did not elaborate.