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Bouncer Arraigned On Charges He Assaulted Patrons Outside Canal Street Bar

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Boston police say an overzealous bouncer at a city bar throwing out a group of people after an argument “kicked, punched and choked” the patrons, sending two men and two women to the hospital with head and face injuries.

Sidney Phillips of Avon was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and released on bail.

Police say the assault at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday was captured on cellphone video.

It started when a group of about 10 people was asked to leave the Grand Canal after inadvertently bumping a woman while taking a photo, sparking an argument inside.

The injured patrons were in their 20s.

Grand Canal management refused comment and the 31-year-old Phillips could not be reached for comment.

Phillips lawyer told a judge at his arraignment that Phillips was threatened and was trying to defend himself at the time of the attack.

Phillips is the father of two children and is embarrassed the video went viral, his lawyer said.

Phillips is due back in court in June.

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