Guard who killed sword-wielder at Scientology center won’t face charges
A security guard who shot and killed a man wielding samurai swords on the grounds of a Scientology facility in Hollywood will not face criminal charges, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Wednesday.
The decision by prosecutors was in line with the conclusion of Los Angeles police detectives, who determined that the guard, a 64-year-old retired Seal Beach police officer, acted in defense of himself and other guards at the church’s Celebrity Centre.
A former Scientologist, Mario Majorski, 48, died from a single gunshot wound in the Nov. 23 incident. Majorski, a Hollywood native who had moved to Oregon several years ago, had driven a rented convertible onto the church grounds and confronted the guards with swords. According to a prosecutor’s report, Majorski threatened the guards and said “something about revenge.”
Det. Wendi Berndt said security videotape left no doubt that the guard was justified in shooting Majorski.
“The video is so very, very, very vivid,” she said. “This man was mentally ill, and it’s just a wonder he didn’t kill people.”
Scientology: Quackery vs. Psychiatry
An ironic aspect of this tragic story is that the Church of Scientology wages an ongoing hate campaign against psychiatry. It does this even while Scientology makes all matter of medical claims that amount to nothing but quackery.
Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill… (Scientology is) the world’s largest organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy.
– Source: Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, quoted at What judges have to say about Scientology