A woman visiting a Washington, DC bar during LGBTQ pride celebrations was pulled down the stairs by her hair and arm in a viral video.
The incident took place at Nellie’s Sports Bar on Saturday and the woman, identified as 22-year-old Keisha Young by NBC Washington, said she believed bar security had mistaken her for somebody else. ‘other.
“I have a feeling that even separating race from it, no man should ever treat a woman that way. It should never be OK,” Young told NBC Washington on Monday in an interview. video call with his lawyer.
In the video, a black woman is dragged down the stairs by the hair. Onlookers look shocked and someone from the crowd is punching security.
A brawl ensues between several people and at the end of the video security attempts to pull those involved out of the door onto the sidewalk.
Young said the bouncer believed he tried to bring a bottle into the bar, NBC Washington reported. She said she had “bruises all over” and believes she may also have suffered a concussion as a result of the incident.
After the video went viral, protesters showed up outside the bar chanting “Justice for Keisha” and “Protect Black Women”.
Young was present at the protest and told a reporter from WUSA9, “I want them. [Nellie’s] faded away.”
“I didn’t expect it to turn into something like this, to be honest, but I feel very warm that a lot of people here are helping me support me,” Young said.
WJLA reports that the police arrived and all the patrons left the bar afterwards.
The DC Police Department emailed USA TODAY the incident report Young filed on Monday regarding the alleged assault. In the report, she said she had bruises and complained of pain all over her body. She went to a local hospital and was treated and then released.
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Nellie’s Sports Bar Instagram account released a statement on Monday saying it immediately terminated the independent security provider and was conducting a full investigation.
“We offer our sincere apologies to all who witnessed the horrific events of the past weekend. No matter what behavior has happened before, there is no reason to mistreat and disrespect any of them. our guests, “the statement read.
“What we can say is that we have heard the concerns of the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities.”
The bar said it will be closed this week to figure out what they can do to create a safer and more friendly environment.
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