Viral video in Dickson Street altercation raises concerns over excessive force

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — A viral video showing a woman dragged and kicked out of a Dickson Street bar by its owner is raising concern, and now some are wondering if a line was crossed.

Cell phone video taken Sunday night shows the owner of Yeehawg on Dickson Street putting a woman in a head lock and dragging her out of the bar.

It happened after the woman was asked to leave a crawfish boil event several times.    

Her girlfriend was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. 

The owner was not charged.

Sgt. Tony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department says a business owner has the right to refuse service to anyone.

If you are asked to leave and do not, you are trespassing and breaking the law.

However, the circumstances surrounding the video are unknown.

“Where that line is, is up to the prosecutor. Obviously, common sense has to come into play where the prosecutor will look at it and decide if it was excessive or not. That’s not really up to us to determine. That’s up to the prosecutor to decide if excessive force was used in this situation, or any other situation that we would encounter,” Murphy said.

We reached out to the business owner, who says he is working on a formal statement regarding the video.  

Below is a full statement from the two women involved:

“The actions depicted in this video speak for themselves.  We ask that any person who believes a woman has the right to bodily integrity avoid the Yeehawg and any of its associated businesses.  Fayetteville is recognized as a city dedicated to protecting members of minority groups, including the LGBTQ community, and promoting women’s equality.  We look forward to working with the City to ensure the proper administration of justice and hope this terrifying event never happens again.”  

– Erin Roussell and Mika McKinney

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