The Target department store chain is suing Michael Turner. In 2013, saved the life of a 16-year-old girl who had been subjected to a vicious attack and stabbing a Target store located in Pennsylvania. Target is alleging that Turner endangered customers at the store when he responded heroically to the assault.
 
Since the incident, the accused assailant, Leon Walls, was convicted of attempted homicide in the stabbing of Allison Meadows. CCTV footage of the incident recorded how Walls grabbing and then stabbing Meadows. Turner then tackled the stabber and pursued him out of the store while wielding a baseball bat. Trial proceedings over Target’s lawsuit against Turner began on May 23, including jury selection. Meadows and her family attended the court proceedings. 
 
Walls, who has been described as a homeless man, got 10 to 20 years in prison, while the judge called for psychological evaluation. Alison Meadows survived several stab wounds, including a collapsed lung.
 
Michael Turner (above) saved the life of Alison Meadows from stabbing attack by Leon Walls
 
Meadows and family denounced Target’s law suit against Turner, instead crediting him for saving her life. Meadows is suing Target, while claiming that the chain had inadequate security and also alleging that by suing Turner, the store is merely seeking to cast the blame on someone else for its own inability to protect customers. Target is claiming that if Turner had not confronted Walls, Meadows would not have been endangered. 
 
According to local media reports, an affray started outside of the store involving Walls, Turner, Tyreek Walker, Jobe Wright, and Roland Smith. Walls produced a knife after fleeing inside the store. According to the criminal complaint against Walls, "Walls saw Walker and attempted to stab him with a large swing at his neck area," the complaint said. "Walls, missing his target, then moved towards the checkout area at the Target store where he began trying to stab additional victims who were in the store. Walls then grabbed Allison Meadows and held her against her will at knifepoint in one of the checkout lanes to use her as a shield. Victims Hosea Davis, Mike Turner, Jobe Wright and Roland Smith attempted to subdue Walls and to free Meadows when they saw him poke the knife into Meadows' back."
 
Survivor Alison Meadows
 
Turner told local media, “He grabbed a little girl, he didn’t stab her at that point, he was talking, saying ... he was trying to get out the store and Jobe told him, ‘You’re not going nowhere ’til the police come,'” said Turner. “And that’s when he started saying, ‘Y’all think I’m playing, y’all think I’m playing. I’m not playing.’ And he stabbed her the first time. Then he stabs her again.” In response to Target’s accusation, Turner said “Well, if the guy hadn’t gone on a stabbing spree, we wouldn’t be standing here talking either. So, they’re not looking at that.” Roland Smith and Jobe Wright are also named in the suit with Turner, as well as Walls.
 
An attorney for the Meadows family said, “Suing Michael Turner is just Target’s way of trying to blame someone else for what happened under their own roof.” The attorney added, “The family certainly doesn’t blame Mr. Turner and they are thankful he was there that day.”
 
Target has recently come under criticism after announcing that it will allow customers at all of its stores to use whatever restroom they prefer without regard to their biological sex. Critics fear that women and girls may be endangered when grown men enter the restrooms at the store. Some women’s rights activists contend that the policy puts vulnerable women at risk of sexual assault while depriving them of safety and privacy. 

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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