Boston bouncer faces charges in alleged attack on patrons

A bouncer at the Grand Canal in Boston is set to be arraigned Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court on charges that he kicked, punched and choked a group of patrons while ejecting them from the Canal Street bar early Sunday, according to Boston police and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

Two men and two women were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with injuries to their faces and heads, police said in a statement. Sidney Phillips, 31, of Avon, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The victims told police they were in the club taking a picture when they accidentally bumped into a woman, and an argument broke out, according to the statement. Phillips then moved in to kick the group of about 10 people out of the bar.

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Several members of the group said that Phillips physically assaulted them, kicking, punching and choking them, according to police.

Officers were shown a cellphone video of the fight, according to the statement, which appears to have been uploaded to YouTube. A spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department said that the department cannot comment on whether the video being used for evidence is the same as a video on Youtube that purports to show the attack.

The video shows a man stomping and kicking another man who is curled up on the ground in the street, as several people scream and try to pull him away.

A woman who answered the phone at the Grand Canal and identified herself as a manager said the club is not making any comment. Asked if Phillips was still employed there, she hung up.

According to a spokesperson for Boston Municipal Court, Phillips posted $1,500 cash bail after his arrest. No one answered at numbers listed for Phillips in Avon.