Three people who worked at a New York City 7-Eleven allegedly assaulted David Golson, whom they thought stole an item.
The October 20, 2012 incident was recorded on a bystander's cell phone video (below), which Golson is using as part of his lawsuit against the store, notes ThinkProgress.org.
In the video, Golson is grabbed by two 7-11 employees as he tries to leave the store. Outside the 7-11, they pull his shirt off.
The employees pull Golson back into the store where one of them appears to bite him on the back. Another 7-11 employee then joins in on the struggle.
Golson repeatedly says in the video, "I don’t have nothing else,” suggesting he might have stolen an item.
Some bystanders claim the employees are "attacking" Golson, but do not interfere.
Later in the video, Golson's pants are pulled off and he is holding on to the front door of the store while wearing only his underwear.
Eventually, Golson is pulled to the back of the store when the video ends.
According to the video's YouTube page, "Golson was charged with robbery, assault, and criminal mischief. A spokesperson for 7-Eleven told reporters the one employee was fired and the two others will be retrained."
Courthouse News reports that Golson's lawsuit claims he suffered a "violent, unprovoked and widely publicized assault by... three employees, who beat, stripped, bit and restrained plaintiff, accusing him of stealing goods while he screamed that he was innocent."
Golson's suit also says that "employees intentionally, brutally and violently assaulted plaintiff in a manner completely disproportionate to what they were accusing, him of stealing a candy bar."
A man who was bitten and stripped to his underwear by the employees of a Brooklyn 7-11 is suing the store for the emotional and physical distress he says he endured after a cell phone video of the bizarre incident went viral on the internet.
On Oct. 20 of last year, at a 7-11 at 395 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, employees accused 29-year-old David Golson of shoplifting an item, to wit, one Snickers brand candy bar.
Golson said that he didn’t steal anything and attempted to walk out of the store. That’s when the 7-11 employees attacked. What happened next is all right there on the video, which can be seen below. A still frame from the video is at right.
Golson protests, and though he tries to wriggle free, he never fights back. Meanwhile, the 7-11 employees manhandle him, ripping off his clothes, hitting and biting him.
The lawsuit calls the attack a "violent, unprovoked and widely publicized assault...completely disproportionate to what they were accusing him of: stealing a candy bar."
The whole thing took place in front of onlookers who filmed the altercation, as well as the store’s surveillance camera.
As happens rather predictably in this era, the cell phone video went up on YouTube and was quickly picked up by numerous online news outlets, including ABC News, The Huffington Post, the New York Post and the New York Daily News. Those are the outlets listed in the lawsuit at least.
The lawsuit, which can be read online here, says that in addition to suffering “bruising, bite marks and...physical pain,” Golson also endured “serious and permanent injuries...pain, shock and mental anguish...These injuries and their effects will be permanent.”
The lawsuit demands a jury trial and unspecified damages “in a sum exceeding the jurisdiction limits of all lower courts.”
Within days of the video hitting the internet, police arrested Golson on charges of “robbery, assault, criminal mischief and criminal possession of stolen property.” But there has been no report yet on the status of that case, or whether it is connected to the 7-11 incident or is a separate case involving Golson.
The charges against Golson are not mentioned in the lawsuit.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, one of the employees who attacked Golson was fired. The other two were made to take further training in safety and security procedures.