Police swoop in to stop brawl outside O Bar on Broad Street as video goes viral

An eye witness speaks to BirminghamWorld about the incident

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A man was filmed being forced to the ground at Broad Street while officers tried to break up a fight on Saturday (July 23). The footage showed him being pursued outside O Bar at the junction of Gas Street.

An eyewitness, Teeg Daauud, a Westside BID Warden, said he saw six to seven people, including a woman, being arrested outside O Bar. He was outside the Coyote Ugly Saloon when the incident broke out.

“There was a commotion and soon there were twenty police offers at the scene,” he said.

West Midlands Police has been contacted for their comment. The video of the incident has gone viral since.

A woman is seen chasing a man trying to hit him as officers at the scene try to break the disorder. The police were also giving chase.

While the police officers tried to take her into custody, she resisted and multiple officers had to forcefully contain her. She was eventually shoved to the ground and handcuffed. A man was pushed to the ground by the officers as he tried to intervene.

Another man, who was trying to intervene, was pulled away by a second woman at the scene. Eventually, he gets through to the officers, who then take him aside and restrain him.

View of O Bar on Broad StreetView of O Bar on Broad Street
View of O Bar on Broad Street

The incident took place just days before the city is set to host a large number of visitors for the Commonwealth Games.

Security has been tightened in the city with units from various police forces and the Army landing ahead of the games. There will be officers in uniform and plain clothes across the various venues during the sporting festival.

Recently, there has been a spate of gun violence in the city and on 21 July the West Midlands Police said they are using Section 60 powers in parts of Birmingham. These powers were used temporarily in Nechells, Small Heath, City Centre, Southside, and Eastside.

This law gives the police additional power to stop and search anyone they deem suspicious.

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