Thursday, August 18, 2011

Retired lawyer claims Crown Center security roughed him up

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Security allegedly doesnt like people talking during concerts.
  • Security allegedly doesn't like people talking during concerts.
A retired lawyer claims that Crown Center security roughed him up at last Friday night's Five for Fighting concert.

Jim Stanley, 57, says he went to the concert with his wife, his 14-year-old son and his 80-plus-year-old in-laws. Stanley says opening act Red Guitar was playing so loud that he had cotton stuffed in his ears. He wasn't sure how much more his octogenarian relatives could stand.

"Two songs in, it was actually making my spine shake," Stanley says.

Stanley claims that he was talking with his wife about whether it was worth staying when a security guard told them that they couldn't talk where they were standing. Stanley claims that the bullying escalated from there.

Stanley had trouble hearing the bouncer, who told him again that he and his party had to move. Stanley asked where they could talk. The bouncer pointed in the direction of some downtown skyscrapers. Stanley says he had no idea where the bouncer was pointing and asked again where he could talk with his wife.

"Do I have to show you where it is?" the bouncer asked.

"OK," Stanley replied, frustrated and angry. He says the security guard walked like he was "hot stuff." So Stanley, who stands 5 feet 4 inches, expressed his anger by imitating the way the guard walked.

"Less than 10 seconds of walking like that, there were at least two people who pushed me up against a fence and handcuffed me," Stanley says.

He says the cuffs weren't on his wrists but on his hands near his knuckles. He claims that they were too tight. He says he was put in a holding cell for about 20 minutes.

"When they found out that I wasn't drunk and I wasn't on drugs and I don't have any mental-health issues, I was just standing up for myself, they let me go," Stanley says. "They said I was trespassing, so they walked me out. I met my family where our car was."

Stanley says he spent Saturday icing his hand. Monday, he started calling Crown Center's security office.

"I don't want any money," he says. "I don't even want an apology. But I think you folks could learn something from what happened to me and teach these folks something. The next time that this happens, someone could be really, seriously hurt."

Crown Center security didn't return a call from The Pitch seeking comment.

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