A security guard claims he was beaten up by hockey fans after a Stadium Series game outside Yankee Stadium while the NYPD iced their response time.
Eric MacFarlane says he suffered a fractured skull, a broken nose and other injuries during the brutal beat-down after the Rangers-Islanders rivalry game on January 29 — and now he’s planning a $5 million suit against the city, reports the N.Y. Daily News.
MacFarlane was working for Securitas security company when he was posted outside of the Stadium on the frigid night. He and his partner were stationed in a converted Port-A-Potty with a space heater to keep warm.
The Daily News reported:
A drunken fan leaving the game who needed to use a toilet became irate when he opened the door to the john and saw it wasn’t a toilet.
The man and his pals all ganged up on MacFarlane, he said, and pummeled him on a police car.
MacFarlane said slow-moving cops didn’t come to his aid until after he’d been knocked unconscious. He said he told officers he needed medical help — and they took him to a security office inside the Stadium instead of to an ambulance positioned nearby.
MacFarlane’s lawyer Peter Gleason said the police, Securitas and the Yankees “didn’t provide even a minimal level of protection.” He filed a notice of claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit, last month.
A rep for the city Law Department said the filing would be reviewed thoroughly.