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Councilman Wants To Rein In Aggressive Bar Bouncers

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Do bar bouncers make altercations worse by being too aggressive? One city councilman thinks that happens on occasion, and he wants to require training course for bar bouncers in Philadelphia.

City Councilman Bill Greenlee says some bar bouncers don't understand basic ways to calm down crowds, and ease potential fisticuffs. Sometimes, he says, they exacerbate problems by overreacting.

"Once or twice, I've been in places, and I've seen where bouncers could have taken a deep breath, taken a little more time and maybe calm the situation, instead of laying their hands on people and making situations worse," Greenlee says.

He has introduced a measure that requires all bar bouncers to register with the city, and in order to register they must first take a training course in crowd management.

The course must be offered by a third-party, like a security firm, not the bar itself. His measure will be debated in committee.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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