Bouncer accused of hitting clubgoers

Sidney Phillips, 31, of Avon, was released on bail.
Boston Police Department
Sidney Phillips, 31, of Avon, was released on bail.

A bouncer at the Grand ­Canal in Boston will be ­arraigned Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court on charges that he kicked, punched, and choked several patrons while throwing them out of the Canal Street bar early Sunday morning, according to Boston police and the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Two men and two women were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with injuries to their face and head, according to a statement from police.

Sidney Phillips, 31, of Avon was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.


The patrons 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 Boston police spokes­woman said the department cannot comment on whether the video being used for evidence is the same one uploaded to YouTube.

The video shows a man stomping and kicking another man who is curled up 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.

According to a spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney, Phillips made bail. He could not be reached for comment.

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