When Allen Koka started a new job cleaning out buses and trolleys at MTS headquarters, his employers told him they’d wait a bit before issuing him an ID badge – it was a tough gig and there was no reason to go through the motions if he ended up quitting after a day or two.
The 28-year-old Iraqi immigrant was a few days into the job one night in November 2014 when he reported to work and left a short time later in an ambulance, knocked unconscious, Koka says, by a team of security guards who worked there, too.
MTS officers said Koka had been trespassing, but all charges against him were eventually dropped. Now it is MTS in court trying to defend itself from a lawsuit filed by Koka.
What happened is not really in question. It was all caught by body cameras worn by MTS security officers, who are not actual police officers. Among the group of MTS officers involved in taking Koka down were two who have been accused of violence before and remain on the job, a joint investigation by Voice of San Diego and NBC 7 Investigates has found.