D.C. Gay Bar Hit With Protests After Video Shows Black Woman Dragged Down Stairs

Written by on June 14, 2021

Employees at a Washington, D.C., homosexual bar say they’ve fired a safety vendor after troubling footage that appeared to point out a guard violently dragging a Black feminine patron down the steps went viral on-line. 

Footage of the incident, which happened late Saturday and was posted to Twitter and Instagram shortly thereafter, exhibits 22-year-old Keisha Younger being pulled down a staircase at Nellie’s Sports activities Bar by an unidentified guard.

Seconds later, a battle involving different patrons erupts on the foot of the staircase. 

Talking to WUSA reporter John Henry on Sunday, Younger mentioned she “bought combined up within the altercation as a result of I seemed like anyone else,” and famous she’d misplaced her cellphone and glasses amid the following chaos. 

“There was an altercation in there and so they have been attempting to get another individuals out as a result of anyone else introduced a bottle in there,” she mentioned. “I bought hit and dragged down the steps. I didn’t do nothing flawed, and that’s all I bear in mind. First strolling up the steps, after which getting dragged proper again down the steps.”

Younger and her father have been amongst those that took half in a bunch protest exterior of Nellie’s Sports activities Bar on Sunday. In line with quite a few experiences, a second demonstration happened close to the purported dwelling of the bar’s proprietor, Douglas Schantz. 

“We ask individuals to protest and boycott as a result of the proprietor, which is a white man, doesn’t care about Black ladies,” one demonstrator mentioned. “If he cared, he would come out right here and be involved about what safety [has] carried out to a Black girl in his membership.” 

Capital Delight Alliance, which organized the town’s LGBTQ Delight celebrations over the weekend, condemned the “reprehensible actions” seen within the video in a press release issued Sunday.  

“Delight weekend is a time for celebration and remembrance, and this incident is a reminder that we have to do a greater job of defending each other,” learn the assertion, which could be present in full right here. “CPA is dedicated to creating protected areas for all. We count on Nellie’s to take quick, remedial motion in response to this incident.” 

By Monday afternoon, Nellie’s Sports activities Bar introduced on Instagram that the unbiased safety vendor employed particularly for the town’s Delight celebration had been terminated. The bar itself, they added, would stay closed for the week whereas the investigation continued. 

“We provide a heartfelt apology to all who witnessed the horrific occasions of this previous weekend,” they added. “It doesn’t matter what conduct occurred prior, nothing warrants mistreating, and disrespecting, one in every of our friends. What we are able to say is we’ve got heard the considerations of the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities.”

Younger’s members of the family informed Washington Metropolis Paper they plan to pursue a civil declare towards the bar. 

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