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Man Brutally Assaulted at Troubled Bar

Aug. 19, 2012 Staff Report

The following video was recently uploaded to YouTube and was taken outside El Potrero, a Mexican restaurant located at 46-12 Greenpoint Ave.

As the graphic video shows, the bouncer from the establishment came out of the bar/restaurant and knocked out a troublesome man. The video was uploaded on August 12, 2012.

The police said that a crime had not been reported in that section of Greenpoint Ave. on August 12, or the proceeding five days.

However, people who were in the Greenpoint Avenue area on Saturday August 11, 2012, recall seeing the victim getting into an ambulance in the early hours of August 12. They did not see the police appear on the scene.

El Potrero has had problems in the past. In February 2010, the police said that a man was shot in the leg inside the bar. The police at the time said they knew the perpetrator but would not confirm or deny whether drugs were involved.

If anyone has any information on this assault, please call the police.

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Ali

This is outrages, animosity and cruel treatment of drunk guy who looks like did can’t really hurt those two 300lb bouncers

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Linda

cops don’t give a crap about whats going on. my apartment was robbed and they took an hour and a half to show up.

People need to rally against these lazy 108th cops

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Anonymous

The cops never come. I have reported so many fights over by studio 46 on 46th and greenpoint. they send an ambulance to scoop up the aftermath of the fight. the police NEVER come.

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Unbiased

Knowing a little bit about this kind of business I have to take the victims side. At the end of the day bouncers are payed to do a job and not take it personal. Part of that job is to deal with unruly patrons… They are meant to diffuse the situation and not elevate it. Therefor it’s not a matter of if the guy deserves it or not. But more so did the security guys did their job?

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Archie

A neighborhood friend told me about this, and well, as much as I disagree with the way it happened, I recognize the fellow who got knocked out as someone who constantly harassed myself and other customers in bars around the neighborhood. Do I support what happened to him? NO. Do I think that he had it coming based on my past experiences with him, and realizing how many times he pushed his luck with better tempered pub patrons? Maybe. It still a F$%#@d up situation no matter how much of a D$%k the guy is.

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rook

I don’t get these comments against the bouncer. That fool got what he deserved….drunk or not, he clearly wanted to get into a fight and he got knocked out. What do you want the bouncer to do, slow dance with the guy? The drunk could have had a gun or knife for all we know. It is safer for everyone for the bouncer to take the guy out quickly.

And I love how people say you can call the cops. It takes like 20 minutes nowadays to alert the cops of an emergency in the neighborhood and for them to show up.

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Joey Spagna

This animal clearly assaulted the customer. It does not matter whther the customer acted up in the bar. Bouncer will be in jail. Will he be tough there too???? Good luck big boy.

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Ruben

CrackerJack, a sucker punch is a sucker punch. No matter how the video was edited the video will show the man was assaulted. Case closed!

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Crackerjack

Again, this video is edited and incomplete. We can’t tell what happened by this video alone. As I stated there should be an investigation on this and the bouncer very well could/should face assault charges. However, what if this is what happened, would it change your mind? Say this guy was in the bar and being a total a-hole towards one of the customers. He is asked to leave the bar and when outside he does not leave and taunts the customer he was starting a fight with. After a lengthy amount of time the customer leaves the bar and the drunken guy goes after him. The bouncer them takes care of the drunken guy before he beats up a customer.

I will stress, yes the cops should have been called and they should have diffused the situation. However, I know based on previous experiences I have had with the police precinct, response time is rarely quick. If the police were not called by the bar, they should lose their liscence. If they were but did not make it in time, that is a different story.

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Kbeth

This is insane, this bar is nothing but trouble!! Was the guy drunk and acting like an idiot? Yes! However he was outside the bar, all they needed to do was either ignore him or call the cops on him for being drunk and disorderly, the bouncer had no reason to come outside and attack him. The bouncer needs to be brought up on assault charges. @Paul and anyone else who was standing there watching this happen or recording it, you should all be ashamed of yourselves for not helping the man lying on the ground bleeding and for not calling the cops! I hope that this man or someone he knows gets a hold of this video and starts filing the necessary paperwork for something to be done about this attack.

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Ruben

This is pretty easy..the bouncer assaulted the guy. He wasn’t defending himself.

also..anybody else find it funny that the guy who got knocked out had a shirt that said “WANTED: GOOD WOMAN” perhaps he was fighting for the honor of a fair maiden that was disrespected by that burly fella

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Joey Spagna

I’m sending my friend Harvey over to kick that bouncers a$$. So you on Sautrday big BOY.

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Ted

This video COULD be legit, but it seems a little fishy to me.

What part was the person shooting the video playing in all this? Did he/she just HAPPEN to be there when the (I presume) drunk was taunting someone inside the bar? It kind of seems like maybe person with the camera was egging the drunk on. Why did the video shooter think to keep the camera on after the guy was punched and run in to get a close-up instead of just forgetting about the shot and helping the guy (or running away)?

I would almost suspect it was all staged if there weren’t people here saying they saw happen.

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Marty Concerned

Angray , You are a complete fool ! Shut up and realize how dumb you are ! I hope u are not Suckerpunched or mugged etc when you are at one of your weakest moments throughout life !

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Angray

So nobody thinks the drunk got what he deserved? Although it is an edited video, we can see the drunk taunting the bouncers. The drunk was also the aggressor by approaching the other guy who appears to be another bouncer. That being said… I’m sure he does have a case and could get some money out of it. Encouragement for drunks to start more fights in front of bars…. get your ass whooped and get some money.

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JAC

The bouncer that made contact with the patron- assaulted him. If the bouncer he was facing was struck him AFTER being struck 1st it would be self defense. The bouncer that walked up behind and pummeled IT WAS STRAIGHT ASSAULT.
if none of the Sunnyside advocates view this video and dont step up and but the bouncer in jail and close this community virus bar down, things like this will happen all over.

To the patron- regardless of your immigration status you have a bonefied law suit- The bar carries insurance and its well over a million as demanded by the city to open and operate a bar. Regardless of your actions you did not hit anyone you were assaulted. Any hungry attorney would willingly take this case PRO BONO!

i hope someone relays this information to this man and he realizes he was not at fault even if he was drunk and belligerent he was assaulted by the bouncer and his damages should be paid by them…who IS going to pay the medical bills…..the city? NOT FAIR! THE BAR SHOULD PAY WITH ITS LICENSE AND INSURANCE PREMIUM.
I HOPE THIS PLACE GETS PICKETED AND CLOSED DOWN. I AM FORWARDING THIS VIDEO TO THE 108TH AND ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL I KNOW.

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Marty Concerned

What a Disgrace !! What kind of Coward would look himself in the mirror after suckerpunching some drunk who cant fend for himself .He almost killed him .Shut this place down .

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Q

the guy that got knocked out looks Irish .. who cares if he was taunting the bouncers ..he was out side not inside …. he sucker punched him the other bouncer looked like he wasn’t gonna have a problem kicking the drunks guys ass … i can bet if this was a Mexican or a black dude ….and a white bouncer did this… the bar would be shut down media notified and they would of hanged the guy by now

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Webley

Protecting the other guy? It’s cops’ job to protect and serve not some fat ass bouncer. Like you said, we have no clue what happened before that, but in any case police should have been called. Not calling them raises a lot of suspicion as to what the heck is going on in this bar, and what was the original cause of it. Drug deal? Prostitution? He didn’t want to pay for something? Who knows..

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Crackerjack

This video really doesn’t give us any information/insight into what exactly happened here. From what I see here the cops should have been called while this guy was outside taunting whom ever we was taunting. I think the bouncer absolutely used excessive force and their might be cause to file assault charges against him. However if he was just protecting the other guy, then maybe he should be commended. We just don’t know that from this video.

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Jay

Susan,

Illegals? What is that about? I have seen the guy that got knocked out around the neighborhood. The bouncer did go over the top with that knockout.

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O'shea

If it was the other way around…this bouncer would be thanked for cleaning out the trash in the neighborhood not being called “trash”.
Obviously this video was edited into the “brutal assault” we see. Aye s.side.post, where is the objectivity?
What ever happened to going home to sleep it off ?

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Webley

Paul, you watched that and didn’t call the cops?
We need a clean up, the other day my wife said she has been noticing police sirens more and more, which I totally agree, we used to have a nice quiet and clean neighborhood, I really don’t know what is the source of all this nastiness and trashy people but something needs to be done. Installing benches and putting up some art show does not cut it.. I am voting for whoever is willing to cleanup this neighborhood for good. We don’t need any more bars, and now the old OTB is going to be a bar. We are turning into a park slope but only the crappy part of it without the nice eateries.

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Johnny

There were 20 people watching the show? Everyone there has a hand in that situation, why didnt anyone else try and grab the guy and tell him go home, why is it only a minuet of footage? The guy got what he was looking for he was taunting the bouncers in the beging why is it cut straight to him getting knocked out?

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Paul

I was watching all that live that night .. the area near the BAR is kinda sketchy.
I waited there for some time and at least 20 other people were watching the show.

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Webley

Why didn’t the police show up? Apparently bar lied about how the guy was knocked out, probably simply stated “he was drunk and he fell down”. The bouncer has no authority outside the bar premises and charges should be filed against him. For once I would like to see some follow up by this site to these news, as the area is getting worse and worse every single day.

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pol

this is an absolute disgcrace! the guy was drunk, all the bouncer had to do was grab him! not come from behind and neaerly kill the guy! this is the kind of people that these places hire and pay, its a joke

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