I was at a bar in Orlando, confronted by security inside, and then woke up on the sidewalk outside facedown in my own blood. The police were called because I was accused of stealing a bottle. The bar did not have evidence to press charges(I am not facing any charges), but a police report was filed stating that I fell and hit my head. My friend took me to the hospital where I had ten stitches and told I had a concussion. My friend told me I signed a no trespassing warning and would be arrested if I went back, so I cannot go back and see the video surveillance. I attempted to call the bar multiple times, on multiple days and have not received any communication back. I just want to know what happened and see if my injuries were from excessive force.
You need to hire an attorney who will take your case on contingency and send a spoliation letter citing the proper case law.
This is an ongoing issue in Orlando's nightclubs, and often the police turn a blind eye when bouncers use excessive force. These cases are highly actionable because the bouncers are furthering their employer's interests; therefore, the employer--with deep pockets liability coverage--is on the hook for its employees' actions.
You shouldn't try to handle this issue yourself. There's a lot that must be done to preserve your case. Please call one of us for a free consultation today.
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You could attempt to send a demand letter, but you may not receive any response. Outside of filing a lawsuit and making a discovery request, I'm not aware of another way you could compel them to show you the tape.
The easiest way- hire an attorney. It won't cost you anything up front if the attorney you choose works on a contingency fee. Your newly hired attorney will then send a spoliation letter advising the nightclub to save the tape. I recommend you take action sooner rather than later as the recording may be overwritten more frequently than you think.
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