Police investigate musician's complaint against bouncers
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating a complaint by a St. John's musician, who says his arm was broken during a scuffle with security staff at a downtown bar.
Barry Hillier, who plays bass with The 8 Track Favourites, alleges he was injured during an encounter shortly after the band finished playing a gig three weeks ago at Club One, near the George Street entertainment strip.
Hillier said that during a disagreement with a bouncer, he was punched in the face more than half a dozen times and then thrown out on to the street by three security staff.
"Within 10 minutes of playing, I was out on the sidewalk bleeding, with a broken arm," he told CBC News. "So, right now I'm laid up for six weeks [with] no income. I can't do anything."
In addition to filing a complaint with police, Hillier said he's hired a lawyer to investigate a civil action.
Club One management said they cannot comment on the allegations because of the police investigation.
Some musicians say that violence at downtown clubs has become too common.
"There are several venues that I'm aware of where violence is almost an every day occurrence," said singerLiz Solo, who is involved in a court case stemming from an alleged run-in with security staff at Club One recently.A bouncer has been charged with assault but the case is still before the courts.
Solo, who recently changed her name from Liz Pickard,blamed a lack of training and bad management and suggested that bouncers should be trained or certified before they can be hired to provide security.