NEW ORLEANS — In a bachelorette party gone wrong, a bar's security guard decked a bride-to-be and punched at least one of her friends.
The women from Houston had come to the French Quarter for a fun time before a wedding but ended up with bruises after a big misunderstanding, Samantha Rice said. It all began when she put her head down Friday night at the bar on Bourbon Street.
“The bartender came up to me and started cursing at me and said I couldn't sit there,” she said. She knocked over a stack of plastic cups and tried to leave, but the security guard grabbed and pinned her in the corner.
“He yanked me into the bar and pinned me against it,” said Rice, who has bruises over both of her arms. “I asked him to loosen his grip because he was hurting me really bad.”
Her friend Lacey Faulkner jumped in to help. She was hit several times.
“I think he hit me about three or four times,” Faulkner said. “My jaw is sore. He hit me in the back of my head. I was under the bar stools, and he was just hitting on me.”
Then the bride-to-be, whom the women did not identify, exchanged words with the guard, whose name also was not released. The guard's punch landed her on the ground.
“He was just too rough with her in my opinion, and we were just asking him to stop,” Faulker said.
Reginald Rowe, a former New Orleans Police Department officer who now runs his own security firm, said proper training could have created much better outcome.
“This entire situation could have been handled totally different if he had been thinking as this was going on,” Rowe said. “It is important to be able to know how to de-escalate situations, especially when someone is inebriated. I don't understand why he took it so high.”
In the video, a New Orleans police officer is spotted arriving at the scene. Because the police department has not responded to inquiries for an update on the case or whether any charges have been filed, neither the bar nor the security guard are being identified in this story.
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