A video captured the diturbing moment a black man was held down by five white security guards and elbowed in the face before being dragged out of a nightclub.
A customer filmed the moment the unidentified reveler was forcibly removed from Ropers Rockin-Country in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Friday for 'harassing people on the dance floor.'
Footage shows the man writhing on the ground at the venue as one employee sits on him, while another has him in a headlock and others hold his legs still.
A bouncer in a white baseball cap is seen repeatedly elbowing the man in the face, leaving him cut and bleeding from his head.
Then, two workers lift him by his wrists and ankles while another grabs his shirt and they throw him roughly onto the sidewalk.
A customer filmed the moment the unidentified reveler was forcibly removed from Ropers Rockin-Country in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Kyle Gardner, 23, who filmed the incident, said that after tossing the man's shoes outside after him and slamming the door, the workers 'high-fived and celebrated.'
Police were called to the scene and found the man unconscious on the sidewalk. He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening head injuries.
The bar insists its door staff acted in self defense and claimed the man was thrown out because he had been harassing people on the dance floor and making gang signs.
But their rough handling of him has sparked a backlash after Garner posted the 23-second video on Facebook, where it racked up almost 50,000 views in two days.
Gardner, from Mount Olive, Mississippi, said he did not see the events that led up to the incident but started filming after he heard a 'commotion.'
The electrician said: 'I looked over and could see two guards had grabbed the guy and they pretty much dragged him across until they got to the doorway.
Footage shows the man writhing on the ground at the venue as one employee sits on him, while another has him in a headlock and others hold his legs still
'There were two or three of them and then two or three more came over.
'At this point they hadn't done anything wrong, but then they got him on the ground and they had two people down on his legs holding him down.
'There was a guy holding his right arm down and there was another guy laid down on the ground next to him.
'They had another staff member that had got him in a chokehold and there was one more guy on him and his hand was held down from an angle.
'One of the guards then threw a hard elbow into his face and I couldn't see it all but it looked like a punch with a fist.
'At that point one of the bouncers from behind him was telling them to stop, but they were still holding his legs down.'
A bouncer in a white baseball cap is seen repeatedly elbowing the man in the face, leaving him cut and bleeding from his head
Management at the country music venue said the customer was at fault and that there were 'no wrongdoing' by staff
He added: 'They threw him out just like you would a kid into a swimming pool. They had his arms and legs and they got him out of the door.
'They said there was some problem