Bar bouncer in video charged and fired

Charges have been laid against a bar bouncer whose actions were captured on a video that was shared more than 1,000 times and made its way around Thompson-based social media forums and onto CBC news.

Thompson RCMP arrested a 21 year-old male June 30 and charged him with two counts of assault and one count of uttering threats. He was released on a promise to appear in court in Thompson on Aug. 28.

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The video, captured by a female bystander on June 24, shows a bar security guard from the Regal Beagle pub, which is in the Burntwood Hotel, dragging out a customer who was also punched and choked.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Lewis with the Thompson RCMP said before charges were laid that the video prompted police to launch an investigation. They obtained an hour-and-a-half of additional video footage from the hotel.

Bill Peacock, with the Burntwood Hotel, said that the bouncer shown in the video has been let go. “He was terminated after we found out more about the incident. Based on what we know, we terminated him.”

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