A nightclub attendee was left shouting on the ground after an unlicensed bouncer pinned them down by the neck in a club doorway.
In the early hours of February 7, a witness saw two bouncers “drag” a man outside of a popular club before “gripping his neck” on the ground.
A video which was recorded at the scene showcases a customer laying on the floor outside the entrance to Hull’s Propaganda being pressed down by the pair of bouncers, who told him to “stop being dramatic, nobody even touched you”, Hull Live reports.
However, a spokesperson for Propaganda has responded to the video, which has been widely shared on social media, asking witnesses to share more evidence.
Kenzie Jenson, who was unable to enter the club due to the ordeal, shared the video on social media.
She said: “My friend and I just stood outside waiting for the bouncers to finish handling the man before we could go in. There were two bouncers dragging him out of the door, however this one bouncer intervened despite him not being one of the bouncers.” to remove him.
“He gripped his neck. The man on the floor was screaming and was begging the bouncer to get off.
“He was trying to get catch his breath back and he was crying. The bouncer said ‘we’re not getting off you until you calm down’, which would’ve been impossible for the victim.”
She added: “When the guy got up from the floor, he was crying his eyes out and he couldn’t stand up straight away as he was getting his breath back.
“The guy on the ground then moved out of the way and crouched on the floor still crying and my friend comforted him as we felt bad.”
The video caused outrage on social media. One individual said: “I understand they’re doing their job but that’s just going to the extreme.”
A second added: “I hope he’s no longer working there after this. It’s disgusting.”
A third said: “How can he say calm down? He’s getting strangled.”
Propaganda have since reached out on social media for more footage of the incident, while one of the alleged bouncers involved has been identified by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the private security regulator, as someone with a suspended license.
In a statement to Hull Live a spokesperson said: “We are familiar with the complaint and have conducted our own investigation into it.
“Having seen the snapshot video the member of the public has taken as well as the full coverage of crystal clear internal and external CCTV at the premises, and having read various witness statements from door staff and witnesses, we are of the opinion that the matter is being dealt with correctly given the circumstances.
“We can see how the snap shot video appears when it is out of context, however it doesn’t show the reasons for the situation arising and the behavior from the member of the public prior to that instigated the incident.”
A spokesperson for the nightclub added: “As a professional team and business, for complete transparency, we are self referring to Humberside Police licensing unit this morning to request their opinion and advice, and will of course act accordingly given their advice on the matter.
“As there is a report in with the police from the member of the public’s side and we are self referring to the licensing unit, we do not think it is wise for us to provide more specific detail of the events leading up to this video, as this may encroach on any investigation the police may or may not wish to conduct.”
Speaking further about the bouncer on duty withholding a suspended license, the spokesperson added: “The doorman involved apparently had his license suspended by email on the Thursday of this last weekend.
“He hadn’t checked his emails until this matter came to light on social media, so he was completely unaware of this.
“We were also unfortunately unaware as it is not standard practice to check the SIA portal for each individual shift, we tend to double check all existing team badges with the SIA on a monthly basis. The SIA also did not inform us directly about the matter .
“This matter regarding the badge was also referred by ourselves to Humberside Police licensing unit, with complete transparency, first thing Monday morning.
“It is worth noting that in the light of the current circumstances the doorman in question previously handed in his notice with immediate effect and is no longer connected to Propaganda on any level.”
Kenzie Jenson has reported the incident to Humberside Police, and Hull Live have been in touch with the force for more information.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.