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Bouncer to be charged with 3rd degree murder after fatal punch outside Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Third-degree murder charges have been approved for a bouncer who punched a man outside a downtown bar, resulting in the man’s death, authorities told Eyewitness News. Eric Pope, 41, has died from injuries he sustained in the incident outside the Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar last Saturday.

CBS3 has confirmed that the bouncer involved in the investigation is Kenneth Frye. Philadelphia police have a warrant for Frye’s arrest.

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The Pope’s death has rocked communities here in Philadelphia and in his home in Washington, DC

Bouncer to be charged with 3rd degree murder after fatal punch outside Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar – CBS Philly

“Eric was a very, very nice person,” Pope’s friend Devon Trotter said. “Always in a good mood, always smiling, always there to do you good. Warm and gentle person.”

Video obtained by CBS3 shows the moments before Frye hit Pope in the head around 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. Pope was visiting Philadelphia this weekend.

Bouncer to be charged with 3rd degree murder after fatal punch outside Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar – CBS Philly

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Sources familiar with the investigation say Pope was on 12th Street after being escorted out of the bar for being intoxicated around 1am on Saturday April 16.

At one point, Pope appears to approach the back of a white SUV. Immediately afterwards, the bouncer approaches Pope and punches him.

Pope immediately falls, banging his head against the pavement.

He remained on the ground for nearly two minutes, until the bouncer and another person dragged him to the sidewalk.

Pope was eventually taken to hospital and put on life support and later died of his injuries.

While it’s unclear what happened inside the bar, things escalated to a level Mayor Jim Kenney probably never should have reached.

“It’s their job to get them off the premise. Once they’re on the sidewalk or the street, that should end their interaction,” Kenney said.

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Eyewitness News has learned that private security companies are not required by the city to provide training. But Trotter says it’s a situation they haven’t faced in Washington, D.C.

“We have members of our own community who protect our community,” Trotter said. “If those who protect you are those who hurt you, then this is not a safe space.”

CBS3 contacted Tabu’s owner who said, “The bouncer involved was not a Tabu employee and the incident in question did not occur on our property,” adding that their management immediately called 911 when learned what had happened and are cooperating with the police. in the investigation.

A spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office said they are aware of reports of troubling interactions involving private security guards at Gayborhood facilities, stating in part, “The District Attorney’s Office continues to work with our law enforcement and government partners in support of security and justice for all. Philadelphians, including members of targeted and vulnerable communities.

Asa Khalif is a local activist. He says he’s now bringing in better training to make sure Pope’s death wasn’t in vain.

“When you’re in the Gayborhood and you’re an ally or part of this community, we want you to feel safe,” Khalif said.

Friends and members of the community gathered at 11th and Pine Streets on Wednesday evening to remember and celebrate Pope’s life. They held candles and shared memories.

“Full of compassion. He always went the extra mile to support those around him,” said colleague Natasha McGlynn.

“He was always inclusive and that’s why I think it’s so hard for me that he left. He always wanted everyone’s opinion and everything to do something as a group,” said former roommate Jacob Young.

As friends and a community mourn the loss of a friend, they will not forget the special life that touched them all.

“Seeing people come together and share beautiful memories and stories about someone who was truly loved, I think there’s beauty in that,” McGlynn said.

It is not yet known whether Frye was arrested or surrendered.

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CBS3’s Howard Monroe, Joe Holden and Kerri Corrado contributed to this report.


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