Donald Thomas, an eyewitness to the ouster of former Germantown Police captain Brian Roper from a Broad Street bar March 14, felt security personnel were over the top in their actions.
The owners of Jack Magoo's are reportedly conducting their own investigation into the Roper's removal. He was allegedly manhandled by Magoo's employees after they thought he was intoxicated.
The distinguished and retired 30-year police veteran suffered a debilitating stroke which left him with a condition called Aphasia, which impairs his language skills and requires that he draw pictures to express himself.
Roper, an avid Memphis Tigers basketball fan, went to Jack Magoo's to watch the team in action during the Conference USA tournament.
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A police report said security in the bar was alerted when a bartender apparently refused to serve Roper because she thought he was intoxicated. That's when onlookers saw security surround Roper, hustle him outside, and then push him down to the ground.
Although he refused assistance from arriving Memphis police officers, Roper would later have to be admitted to a an area hospital, where he spent time in intensive care.
Jack Magoo's owners on March 22 issued a statement saying they were conducting their on independent investigation into what happened by talking with employees and patrons who witnessed the incident.
But, while he hasn't been approached by anyone from Magoo's to get his statement, Thomas says he knows what he saw.
"The problem started when he continued to go outside, when everybody thought it was wrong because the patron was outside of the restaurant and he wasn't doing anything," Thomas said in a phone call to FOX13 News.
"So, the guy went back out there and grabbed him in the collar and he took him to the ground," Thomas added. "Once he fell, he didn't give him any resistance. Everybody felt like the security guard, whatever, bouncer, was constantly going out back and forth and antagonizing the situation."
In their statement, Jack Magoo's owners say they will release the findings from the investigation later this week.
It is unclear if Roper will file any chargers against the bar or whether any of the employees involved will be terminated.
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