On July 16, 2016, a University of Oregon student from another country was at Taylor’s Bar and Grill, enjoying the evening along with many other students. Another foreign student got into a conversation with him, which may have been misunderstood by the bar staff because of the language barrier. At approximately 2:00 a.m., the student was pushed toward the front door and a Taylor’s employee put the student in a chokehold until the student lost consciousness. Two more Taylor’s employees then dragged the student outside.
When the student regained consciousness, he was in a pool of his own blood, bleeding from severe face and jaw injuries. A bystander helped the student get to a hospital emergency room. The severity of the student’s injuries required him to be transferred to a trauma hospital in Portland for complicated surgeries.
The bar’s security cameras showed the incident up to just before, but not including, the actual assault. There were cameras directly above the location of the assault, but the bar did not preserve that footage. We later represented the student in a case against the bar, which settled after a judicial settlement conference.
Update: In 2020, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission cancelled the bar’s liquor license “due to a history of serious and persistent problems.”