A karate student (nidan) and friend just left the house after relating his recent experience with off duty police, bouncers and on-duty police:
1. He and his buddy were at a nightclub where, nearby, another group of people began fighting.
2. Bouncers jumped into the fray and broke up the fight, then told everyone around, including my two friends, to leave the club.
3. My friends did not put up any resistance or did they say anything to the bouncers. They simply walked out.
4. On the way out, someone behind "friend A", pushed him. "FA" turned around, but didn't do anything but continued to walk out of the club.
5. Once outside of the club, the same person once again pushed "FA" from behind, this time hard enough to knock "FA" off his feet and onto the ground. At this point "Friend B" grabbed the person, asking him to "lay off"! When "FB" let go, the guy turned and punched "FB" in the head hard enough to cause a concussion.
6. Meanwhile, "FA" is getting off the ground when the regular police pushed "FA" back to the ground and proceeded to kneel on his face. The second fall and compression to "FA"'s face caused serious eye and face injuries.
7. Turns out the guy pushing "FA" and punching "FB" is an offduty policeman who was a patron at the club, not on duty.
8. "FA" is now charged with disorderly conduct and carrying a dangerous weapon. (a 3 inch jackknife) "FB" is being charged with Assault and battery!
For the record, I was not there and am hearing just one side of the story. I have know these students (both are about 25 years old) for over 12 years and believe what they say.
Regardless of whether they were innocent bystanders or not, they will end up with huge legal fees, possible criminal records, loss of time and the anguish associated with dealing with this mess.
Something to think about, next time you want to go "clubbing"