New video may show bouncer in previous altercation
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Newly-released video from a split-screen security camera shows a bar fight at The Grand Canal in Boston from last December.
On the same night the video was captured, bouncer Sydney Phillips is accused of hitting a customer. Phillips is also facing an assault charge in connection with an apparent stomping of a man outside The Grand Canal last weekend. That alleged attack was more clearly captured on cell phone video.
The video from Dec. 30 shows what seems to be a crowd pushing together inside the bar. Then a bouncer in a white shirt, believed to be Phillips, rush into the fray of people. Video from the camera outside shows the bouncer roughly ejecting a customer, then confronting him on the street and possibly punching him and knocking him down.
A Boston police officer talked about the alleged attack in a licensing board hearing for The Grand Canal and its owner on Tuesday.
“In the video I observed Sydney Phillips wind up and punch the victim,” said Det. Christopher Hartgrove of the Boston police department.
Some may argue the video simply shows a bouncer dealing with a difficult situation and getting it outside the bar. However, members of the licensing board suggested they don’t take that view of this incident and others like it.
“I’m just wondering why your employees are shoving people out. You know very well that if you have patrons that don’t want to leave the premises you call the police,” said Nicole Murati-Ferrer, chairperson of the Boston licensing commission.
The licensing board is expected to continue the discussing The Grand Canal’s case on Thursday. The video from Dec. 30 is expected to be part of the board’s case.