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Angry, racist man with a glass carves up bouncer's face at Seaport bar, police say

A bouncer at Empire, 1 Marina Park Dr., required more than 100 stitches and may have permanently lost vision in one eye after he was attacked by a customer upset at being asked to leave the establishment in January, a BPD detective told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.

Sgt. Det. Kenneth O'Brien told the board that Khalid Kalila, 28, of Revere, was being escorted out around 1:15 a.m. on Jan. 21 because after he had bumped into somebody, he began screaming racial epithets at that person. O'Brien added that Kalila's brother, Othmane, 34 and also of Revere, was also escorted out, and also began flailing at Empire workers.

Unfortunately for one of Empire's security staff, the younger Kalila still had a glass in his hand and as they reached the front door, the man began smashing it into the worker's face. He managed to hit the man three to four times in the right side of the face with the glass before other workers could pull him off, O'Brien said. O'Brien said the man required more than 100 stitches and may never regain sight in his right eye.

The attacker currently faces criminal charges of assault and battery causing serious injury and mayhem, O'Brien said.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Khalid Kalila was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and his brother on a charge of assault and battery. Khalid Kalila later had charges of mayhem and threats, added, the DA's office reports, adding his bail was set at $5,000 - his brother was allowed out on personal recognizance. Both are scheduled for appearances in South Boston Municipal Court next week.

The board decides Thursday whether Empire could have foreseen the attack and if so, whether it deserves any sort of sanction.

Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini said the incident shows the importance of bars and restaurants moving quickly to remove any glassware from agitated patrons as they are being escorted out. An Empire manager said the worker who was attacked was, in fact, trying to do just that.

Innocent, etc.

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The public should be warned.

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The detective did mention their names, but I didn't quite catch them, and, to be honest, I did not go up afterwards to try to get them because I didn't want to risk missing any of the following hearing on the lawyer and the Centerfolds stripper.

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With suspects' names.

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THE BEST!

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Adam i believe you do a good job of following up on these cases. I'm going to be curious to see what kind of sentence this particular violent felon receives. There is a perception that, relative to other jurisdictions in other parts of the country, we here in Massachusetts tolerate this kind of violence and hand out shockingly light sentences.

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"Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini said the incident shows the importance of bars and restaurants moving quickly to remove any glassware from agitated patrons as they are being escorted out. An Empire manager said the worker who was attacked was, in fact, trying to do just that."

Wow, maybe Christine should be in charge of security. What a great idea!

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She raised the issue because this is the second time in six months something like this has happened at a Boston bar.

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Time for sensible glassware control?

2nd time in 6 mos....how many people have visited Boston bars in the last 6 months?

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Regulation requiring employers to provide security staff eye protection and use only shatter resistant beverage containers.

I'm surprised insurance companies don't require security staff to wear eye protection since they are are frequently spat it, have liquid thrown in their faces, sprayed with OC, and or poked/scratched in the eyes.

Same with requiring long sleeve shirts because of scratching & biting.

Bar security essentially need to practice the same kind of grappling and safety techniques used by corrections officers. Maybe the city or state could mandate or offer guidance for training?

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If we have reached the point that the doorman at a tavern needs to be trained and equipped like a prison guard, perhaps this whole "civilization" thing is not what it is cracked up to be and we should give it up and try something else.

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Hate crime too ?

Throw the book at him!

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At least according to the police account, the racial slurs were against another bar patron, who was not physically hurt, not against the bouncer.

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I wonder what the racial epithets where?

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You can go down to BPD headquarters on Tremont Street and buy a copy of the incident report (I think it'll cost $5). You'll need the incident number, but if you're serious, I can tell you how to find that.

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From what I am hearing it was a Anti-Semitic rant. I am not a reporter that runs a news blog, could you report what you find on this?

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I am not a reporter that runs a news blog, could you report what you find on this?

Are you his editor now, or his publisher?

Those who sign the paychecks dole out the assignments.

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It's the establishment's responsibility to keep employees safe.

It is smart to do it in a way that patrons feel respected and so don't lash out. I'm not saying that's what happened. I don't know why the patrons lashed out. nonetheless I'm interested in how to handle situations like this more safely.

I see the man's racial invective as asserting privilege due to a sense of superiority which in his mind justifies disrespect for others. I think t comes from a place of insecurity.

Inebriated patrons have less inhibition and are likely to take the news of being shutoff personally. Sober patrons are likely to also because it's rejection and that's always personal. No one likes to be told what they can and can't have or do and it triggers anger due to a feeling of being disrespected.

A key to dealing with unwelcome patrons is not to make them feel unwelcome but to show respect and tell them the facts, the rules and the judgment call.

Bartenders and waitstaff should probably not notify patrons to leave mid drink, rather wait until they finish what they were served, take the glass, even take a refill order, come back and say the bartender said no more tonight, give them the bill, when they object say you'll get the manager. .

Send the manager to discuss with the patron, bouncer waiting across the room visible to the patron, maybe even the officer but it's important they too show respect not menace, Have the manager not the bouncer not the police officer escort the person out with dignity.

The establishment might want to get a credit card imprint up front for patrons running a tab.

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Bartenders and waitstaff should probably not notify patrons to leave mid drink, rather wait until they finish what they were served, take the glass, even take a refill order, come back and say the bartender said no more tonight, give them the bill, when they object say you'll get the manager. .

Please re-read my account - that wouldn't have been possible here, because the guy, with a glass in his hand, bumped into somebody and started yelling racial epithets at that patron and a restaurant employee moved in to break that up ...

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That sounds a bit extreme.

I think of that scene from Roadhouse where Patrick Swayze de-escalates a situation that the other bouncers would've escalated to a fight. Some bouncers do have better people skills than others.

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Whomever has the people skills.

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Could you possibly rephrase the headline and not say “carved up”? It’s very clear that the bouncer was a victim and I think he should be afforded some more respect. Just my thoughts. Thank you.

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I was trying to express just how violently the poor guy was attacked - bouncers get punched all the time, because a lot of people can't handle their liquor or other substances, but they don't normally require more than 100 stitches or lose the vision in one eye. It was a pretty horrific thing.

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I know you meant no offense. I messaged you just now.

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They are not open beyond 2:00 am.

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I dunno. Is drunk at 2:30am that worse than drunk at 12:30am?

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Why no civil rights charges if ? If it was other way around you know that they would charged with it.

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The racial slurs were not against the bouncer, they were against another person who was not physically injured and police were understandably more concerned about the guy with blood pouring from his face.

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Then what is the relevance of you adding the racial slur part?

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To explain what led to the brutal attack on the bouncer.

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So you’re saying that the attacker uttered a racial slur that caused the ownership to seek to eject the attacker, which led the attacker to, um, attack the bouncer that asked him to leave?

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That's how I read it in the original post.

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