City Nights Surveillance Footage: Murder Caught on Tape?

The following surveillance tape, showing the lobby and parking lot of the City Nights nightclub, was obtained from a family member of Anthony Rice. Rice was fatally mowed down by a pickup truck outside the east-side club in October 2009. The club has since burned to the ground; to date, no one has been charged in Rice's death. (See our feature, "Left For Dead," for the full story. Commentary after the jump.)

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1:48 -- In this footage, a customer is telling Rice's friend, Andrew Neal, that the club is closing. At the same second, you can see Reggie Allen's hand gesturing to Neal, asking to see his ID. Allen is the son of City Nights' owners.

This bit of footage explains the confusion about whether the club was open or closed. Contrary to what some have suggested, race doesn't seem to anything to do with this.

Anthony Rice, in the striped polo, has already given up and is headed out the door.

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1:51 -- Many readers have asked RFT: When they left the club, did Rice and his friends start mouthing off? In this frame, you can see Neal say something to Allen. It's unclear what, because there's no audio.

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2:28 -- Reggie Allen and other staff members have emerged outside the club, and Anthony Rice seems to be laughing about something. At this point, both camps are probably jeering at each other -- but there are no signs of violence. Yet.

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3:14 -- The violence begins when Reggie Allen throws a brick through Andrew Neal's driver side window. (You can see him hurl the brick, though the car is just off-screen). Anthony Rice immediately -- and angrily -- walks over to confront him, but Allen scurries back into the club.

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3:51 -- Brandishing a Taser, City Nights bouncer Charlie Hurd is trying to bust out of the front door, but Anthony Rice bars the door, gesturing to his brother Aubrey to run. Meanwhile, Reggie Allen has gone out the back door and is getting into his white pickup.

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4:40 -- The way Allen is swerving his white pickup truck around the lot, it appears he's chasing somebody on foot, though it's impossible to make out any figure. Friends of Allen told RFT in earlier interviews that the reason he'd come around front in the first place was to ensure the safety of his customer. But the customer is long gone. What is he doing?

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5:42 -- WATCH CLOSELY HERE. Although this is some of the hardest footage to make out, it appears to be the crux of the entire incident. It looks like a figure is running away from the oncoming headlights of Reggie Allen's pickup truck. The figure then disappears. Based on what we know thanks to police reports and witness interviews, we can assume the figure was Anthony Rice -- and it disappears because it's been run down by Allen's truck.


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5:49 -- Allen attempts a U-turn, but Aubrey Rice is in pursuit and T-bones him.  

If this video indeed shows Anthony Rice getting run over, it would be consistent with where the body was found -- not terribly far from the final collision of the two vehicles.

It would be inconsistent, however, with Aubrey Rice's statement that he saw his brother get hit, had time to run over to his side and see him struggling to breathe, get back in his car, and pursue Allen. The action transpires too quickly for that to have occurred.

Notably absent in this video is one crucial element: the gunshots. Neal says he fired two shots into the air to scatter everybody. According to the Allen camp, Reggie believed he was being fired at. (That doesn't necessarily explain why he was burning around the parking lot -- wouldn't his impulse after being fired on be to drive away and call police?)

The gunshots, RFT suspects, will be important in this case. Originally, Andrew Neal  fibbed to police that he hadn't even brought a gun to the scene.

Of course, originally, the City Nights staff reported this crime as a carjacking. And, as this video makes clear, it wasn't anything of the sort.

Note: This video was not edited in any way by Daily RFT. 

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u know when they send that fucker to the big house ,someone is going to be right there to make sure u get fucked up,,cause we know u loved taking pple outside and fighting them,but here is the fucked up part,he could never fight for himself,he always had to have his bitches at the club help him,i got hit in the face by that ass,and did not fall,u pussy,so then he went inside and got all his bitches to help him,but what did it do ,,nothing u ass,now ur the one locked up,i hope u rott in there....u piece of shit...............connect me and ill tell u everything about that prick,,,,this might be his first murder,but he has always followed pple out the club and jumped them,and then we were the one going to jail,cause u thought u could run the police,,well money talks,and bullshit walks....

iesha taylor
iesha taylor

fuck u im not taken shyt back i said cuz i ment it an u white trash i miss my dam cousin dats becuz yall some punks an wonder if i did u how they did my cousin yo peoples wud feel the same way an u r ryte on some things


No one of the friends or family of Anthony Rice hate all or anyone b/c of the color of their skin and request that this tragedy not be turned into a race issue. They seek justice, not hatred or revenge, and pray that we all respect Anthony Rice's legacy of caring for (all) people in the Senior Center for which he worked and enjoying the friendship and family of white, black and mixed. Please don't give in to hatred, but do work for justice for all.

iesha taylor
iesha taylor

them bitches need to be in fuken jail i say DEAD white nasty ass bitches i HATE WHITE people


and yes i can say this ,cause im not scared of that dam family,,,the only one with any kind of brains is his brother charlie..........................


watch the video premeditated murder! OMG! whats wrong with you!


I cannot believe this shit that I am seeing! Its clear that the two guys were ready to leave and the white fat racist asshole not only ran him over but backed up and finished the job and he keep getting away with all this viloence! what the fuck is wrong with our justice system! OJ couldnt even get away with murder and this white trash asshole who thinks has money cuz their family owns some shit! Wasted Space and plus evidence of straight up evidence of the crime and the fucker is running free...all law and everyone involved should be held repremandable for their negligence as the law should be held responsible as well! And we elect you assholes to uphold and protect us! Shame on you! Is that all you douche bags are worried about is fucking money!!!! Serve and Protect Bitches! Oh I'm sorry this is your new America! Sincerely, Disappointed!

lady j
lady j

ok well i dont hate white peole jus hym who killed my 1st cousin maybe u never felt the way we fell about ANTHONYS DEATH an no i wud not made it out of a rap song an if i did i wud talk about why they killed hym 4 nunthin an dnt nobody no the pain im feelings it funken hurt to watch them run hym down an the people who did r ignorant we will recieve justice no that...............

human being
human being

You are just as ignorant as the white boys who did this. Its not white people it is stupid people. It doesn't matter what color you are. Just listen to your comments. You are a ignorant black bitch. That doesn't make me say I hate all black people. Why don't you just say you hate people that have no regard for human life. If it was a black man doin the killing you would probably try to make rap video out of it. You are just an ignorant bitch and I don't care what color you are.

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