2 Mich. reps want better security guard training

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Two lawmakers from the Detroit area are calling for passage of a bill that would establish basic training requirements for security guards in the state.

The legislation backed by Democratic Reps. Rudy Hobbs and Thomas Stallworth III is being introduced in the wake of the death of a 25-year-old man following a confrontation with security guards at a shopping mall.

According to Hobbs and Stallworth, Michigan is one of the few states that don't require training for security guards, even when they're armed.

McKenzie Cochran died last month. The Ferndale man was pepper-sprayed and restrained by guards after a shop owner at Northland Center in Southfield felt threatened and called for help.

Police are investigating, and medical examiners are awaiting toxicology results to help determine a cause of death.

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