London police have charged a bouncer with aggravated assault after a video of a man being punched in the face outside a Richmond Row bar went viral this week.
The eight-second video, which was first obtained by the Free Press Tuesday and viewed more than 70,000 times, shows two men being ejected by a pair of security guards from Molly Bloom’s pub on Richmond Street - writes lfpress.com.
The full version of the video— this one 47 seconds in length— posted online Friday shows one man arguing with bar security inside the pub before he’s physically removed. Another man, who appears to be trying to calm down the man being ejected, gets involved in the scuffle before it breaks up outside. The second man then says something to one of the bouncers while holding his arm before he’s struck in the face with a closed fist.
The man falls back onto the sidewalk, appearing to be unconscious, and strikes his head on the ground before the video ends.
Aaron King, who recorded the fight with his cellphone, said he was shocked by the blow.
“He was super calm the whole time,” King said of the man who was struck. “I don’t even understand how he got hit. If anybody was to get hit it should have been his buddy, who was freaking out the whole time, going buck wild.”
Police initially said they were called to the downtown pub Monday around 2 a.m. for a trespassing incident but didn’t lay any charges at the request of the man involved, who was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
But police on Thursday announced they’d launched a criminal probe after the 21-year-old man who was punched came forward.
Investigators obtained an arrest warrant Thursday for Daniel Ryan Taylor, 23, for one count of aggravated assault.
“The individual turned himself in last night,” Const. Sandasha Bough said Friday.
Taylor, a Southwold Township resident, is scheduled to appear in court on May 31.
Taylor was initially suspended for two weeks after the video first surfaced, sources said, but his work status after the charges were announced Friday remains unclear.
Management at Molly Bloom’s didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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