Caught on Tape: Gay Man Beaten Outside of Night Club By Bouncer
A video of a nightclub bouncer restraining a man on a West Hollywood sidewalk outside Voyeur nightclub is being circulated on the web. The incident captured on video, in which the bouncer uses a homophobic slur before assaulting the man, who is also being held down by another man, reportedly occurred on February 25th. The man being held down identifies himself as a “gay boy”.
L.A. Weekly’s Dennis Romero transcribes:
The bald-headed bouncer guy and another man hold down the victim while one of them accuses him of instigating a fight. (Warning: Foul language).
“Look at my face man,” the victim says, “-they f**ked me up.”
One of two men holding him down says: “F**k your face. I don’t give a shit about your face.”
Victim: “Trust me please I didn’t start the sh*t. I was with my boyfriend. I’m a gay boy.”
Face down on the ground, he tries to look up at his captors. One of them says:
“Yeah well your a f**kin’ [unintelligible] … Stop f**kin’ struggling motherfucker. “
At that point the victim receives what appear to be a pair of punches, one to his back and one to the back of his head, by the winner in black.
“Stop resisting,” one of the men says. “Stay still motherf**ker.”
Then one of the captors unleashes this: “Stop fuckin’ moving you c*cks**ker.”
Just then a security guard with a badge walks up, and one of the captors says, “Hey can we get some cuffs please.”
“Stay where you are motherf**ker,” the victim is told. “Shut up.”
Det. Mike Berbiar of the West Hollywood sheriff’s station says the person we’ve been calling the victim here was the only one arrested: The man, identified as, Timothy Reyes, is alleged to have assaulted five people inside Fubar that night before he was taken out and taken to the ground.
As Berbiar understands it, the fighting started over a jacket that the suspect thought was his but apparently wasn’t. Some of those assaulted included folks such as bar staff who tried to break up the fight, he said. Reyes was cited on suspicion of battery and public intoxication and released, the detective told us. The detective wasn’t aware of the video or of the action of the bouncer, however, and said he “would definitely be interested in looking into it.”
A more detailed look at the incident at L.A. Weekly.
This video really pisses me off. Granted, we don’t know everything what happened before the video that led to this situation but what we do see is completely unacceptable. I come from a very long line of police officers and military police and have been on numerous ride a longs with them. Never, have I seen any of my family members or their fellow officers handle a situation like this. If you don’t want the guy to move (and he wasn’t really) there are techniques and things you can do to control the situation. Calling him names and punching him repeated is not one of them.
I’m kinda upset that the people in the video didn’t do more. I completely understand them not getting involved…but that’s just not the kind of person I am. I would have had to step in.