SAN FRANCISCO (BCN / TUSEN SF) – San Francisco Police confirmed on Wednesday that officers cited and released former professional boxer Pat Lawlor on suspicion of assaulting an Asian teenager outside a North Beach bar on Friday .
A viral video posted to social media app TikTok over the weekend alleged that a young man of Asian descent was punched in the face outside the Gino and Carlo Cocktail Lounge at 548 Green Street.
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The video was posted on Sunday from the account of Sofia Enguillado, who claimed that her 18-year-old son CJ Enguillado was assaulted outside the bar.
“If you’re Asian, this is the type of service you get while waiting for pizza in Little Italy North Beach San Francisco,” the video claims, showing footage of the bruising on the victim’s face.
The alleged incident of anti-Asian racism led to a storm of controversy centered on the San Francisco sports bar, with the owner of the family-owned establishment vehemently denying that he had done or said anything racist.
Gina and Carlo owner Frank Rossi, who first spoke exclusively to KPIX 5 earlier this week, said the bar received death threats and a flood of negative online reviews after the incident.
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Rossi said the man has been asked to leave on several occasions, not because of his race, but because it goes against city guidelines for people under 21 in the lounge area outside the bar.
“I’m not a racist. I actually chase people from my bar when they say racist things,” Rossi said.
Rossi told the man he was told: ‘You have to leave this area, you are not allowed in this area, this is our area. It’s seen inside the bar, even though it’s outside it’s like a bar. You can’t – you’re under 21, ”Rossi said. “And he was adamant.
It was then that Rossi says that a bystander and patron of the bar – now revealed to be Lawlor – got involved and punched Enguillado.
“I went crazy when he hit him, I went crazy,” Rossi said. “I couldn’t believe he did. There was no threat, no threat. I was completely taken aback.
Police released some details of the battery incident, but said it didn’t appear racism or hatred was a factor.
“We have no evidence to believe this incident was motivated by hate,” police said in a statement.
Lawlor was a famous boxer in the 1990s, fighting champions like Hector Camacho and Roberto Duran.
In a Friday Facebook post, the victim’s mother, identified as Sofia Enguillado, posted a photo of police speaking with Lawlor.
“This is the man who hit my son out of nowhere,” she said, captioning the photo of Lawlor speaking to the police. “The question is why can’t they stop this guy?” !!! Have a drink while being questioned by the police ?! Unbelievable.”
CJ Enguillado admitted to KPIX 5 in an interview on Monday that the bar owner had told him to leave on several occasions, after learning he was underage.
Enguillado said he refused to leave because he was waiting for his parents to return.
“By the way, he said, ‘Get out of here, you don’t belong here’, that’s what he said, and I can’t forget those words,” he said. . “It’s like traumatic for me.”
Following the flood of negative comments and one-star reviews for Gino And Carlo on Yelp, the rating service turned the reviews off, saying that if it rejects racism, the reviews must come from first-hand customer accounts.
Rossi also says he has received a series of death threats. To the family who accuses him of being racist: “I mean they are wrong. Their son shouldn’t have been touched. [The man arrested] didn’t work for us, it never worked for us. He’s just a client. Sorry this happened, but it was not racism or hate crime against Asians at all. “
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