Even before the new security measures were announced, Kevin Desmond, general manager for King County Metro Transit, said he was discussing contract changes with Olympic Security that would allow its guards to act beyond its current orders to only "observe and report" illegal activity. The enhanced security measure was sparked by the release of a surveillance video showing a teenage girl kicking, punching and stomping on a 15-year-old girl Jan. 28 on the Westlake Station tunnel platform while unarmed security guards watched. It was "not only troubling but unacceptable to see images of uniformed security officers standing by and taking no action while someone is being beaten and robbed," McGinn said in a statement Thursday.
Restrictions on action like this are typically the result of the jurisdictions Risk Mgnt. trying to avoid litigation from what it sees as unskilled labor or the police union trying to prevent job loss to what it sees as skilled labor.