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Bouncers charged for multiple patron beatings

TT/The Local/cg · 20 Jun 2011, 14:28

Published: 20 Jun 2011 14:28 GMT+02:00

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The accused, which include 11 active duty bouncers and one manager, are facing a number of charges including assault, theft, weapon possession and narcotics offenses.

One of the bouncers is also facing charges of tampering with the legal process, after having allegedly threatened one of his victim's in order to avoid prosecution.

"If you say a word about this I'll kill you, you fucking cunt. Don't you value your life?" the bouncer is reported to have said, according to regional newspaper Göteborgs-Posten (GP).

The bouncers, one of whom is a woman, are suspected of having committed multiple assaults over the past two years, involving handcuffs and batons, attacking nightclub guests at Push and Nivå, two well-known bars located the Avenyn in Gothenburg, one of the city's main entertainment and shopping streets.

According to the indictment, the bouncers allegedly took guests to a separate room for beatings on several occassions.

In one case, the assault allegedly started outside the bar, where three bouncers forced the guest down to the ground, sat on him, cuffed him, and beat him with batons.

The bouncers then allegedly brought the guest into the bar, took him to a separate room and continued the assault with blows to the face and groin.

The prosecutor also described a case where three bouncers dragged a nightclub guest down a flight of stairs, causing him to hit his head on the stair.

They are then reported to have kicked him and then robbed him of wallet and other valuables.

All twelve accused deny having committed any crime.

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Prosecutor Ann-Sofie Prahl told GP she has a long list of witnesses she plan to call to testify in the upcoming trial.

Four of the suspects were remanded in custody for a short time, while another is currently in prison after being convicted for other crimes.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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17:33 June 20, 2011 by jpenney
Go out to Avenyn on any of the public holidays and you can see this kind of activity right in front of you. Sometimes they deserve it, but surely the job of the bouncer is to simply cease any anti-social behaviour, not punish it?!
18:04 June 20, 2011 by canuk
THE Damn bouncers job is to be there for your protection, nothing else. If there are issues where a patron should be removed, they have no right to abuse you whatsoever. they are not police, they are not trained to be, they have no authority to be violent. They should be prosecuted for assault and given jail time. That and of course personally pay damages and have a criminal record.
18:57 June 20, 2011 by wenddiver
This is a sick system thought up by the criminal element, that should be outlawed.

When I lived in Manhattan, my girlfriend was quite famous, so the bouncers routinely picked us, so we didn't have to stand in line at the clubs. Once a young Asian man tried to enter with our group and was severly beaten.

Clubs should be guarded by trained, uniform security guards, not criminals, they should be in a first come first served basis to avoid racial discrimination and they should be required to have a camera monitoring their operations to aid the police. Guards should be drug tested.

The point of clubs is to have fun, not give the criminal element rights of assault that even the police don't have.
19:21 June 20, 2011 by MichiganLady
Even the police in civilized countries don't have the right to take you to another room and beat you!! What, are people actually ATTRACTED to this profession because they get their jollies out of abusing people? To what end? How can anyone on earth possibly construe that this behavior is a part of their job? In ANY city of any size?
20:18 June 20, 2011 by spy
The bouncers in the Avenue are generally good but what pisses me off is that the coat money goes to the criminals as a protection fee.
21:02 June 20, 2011 by prince T
Most bouncers think they are more than police and above the law of the land. I have seen them manhandle people on several occassions and if you protest they throw you out too.
22:42 June 20, 2011 by wbogart
I managed a bar/club in Malmo. The owners took care to hire great bouncers; knowing that they represented the bar/club. In 2 years, I never saw them have to throw a punch. If there was a situation where they might need to use force; they called the police and kept an eye to make sure the patrons didn't start fighting themselves. Johan: Big guy, but working to get through university. Never saw him even raise his voice.

Contrast this with a lot of other bars. I believe that the bouncer business is probably controlled by organized crime for the bigger clubs. Lot's of opportunities to make some extra money in confiscated drugs and a chance to bust some heads, for those inclined.

I don't know why Sweden doesn't require clearly visible armbands with ID numbers for all bouncers (like England does now); though with camera phones everywhere the power is going back to the patrons.

We were able to get some bouncers fired from a club in Amsterdam, for kicking and threatening a friend. The deciding factor: having the presence of mind to film the incident.
03:17 June 21, 2011 by MichiganLady
thanks for the context, Middelfart--not sure I would ever condone the use of violence by those bouncers, but I did wonder--maybe was afraid to ask?--if this was the situation, just what kinds of people were on the receiving end of this manhandling. I didn't imagine it was EVERYbody, or that it was COMPLETELY un-asked for... :(
11:13 June 21, 2011 by J Jack
All the years I worked in Gborg it was the same, I myself was taken into a loo by a manager and had a gun put to my head, oh what fun, and to pay so much for the privalege of being pushed around is just stupid ... I'm so glad some one will be held as example but would rather see one senior police officer standing with every team of bouncers.
14:51 June 21, 2011 by Muttlestar Galactica
Unfortunately these bouncers personify Churchill's assessment of Sweden as a 'That small, coward country'.
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