Police are investigating an incident outside a McDonald's in York after disturbing video footage appeared to show one of the restaurant's security staff forcibly restraining a member of the public.
The caption accompanying the video posted to Facebook on Friday night described "brutality displayed by the bouncers of McDonald's" that culminates in the member of the security team appearing to "kick to the gent screaming on the ground".
The man on the ground can be heard shouting, "Ow, stop, stop," as the bouncer presses his head into the pavement with what appears to be some force and kneels on his back.
The poster says the bouncers then "knocked my phone out of my hands".
The video has been shared more than 6,000 times.
A spokesperson for McDonald's confirmed the incident had taken place outside its Blake Street branch in York and said it was supporting local police in their investigation of the incident.
"The company who employ the door staff are also aware of the incident and an internal investigation has been launched," the spokesperson added.
"Whilst this investigation is ongoing, the individuals in question will not be working at any of our restaurants."
A spokesperson for Newcastle-based security firm Phoenix Security, which employs the door staff for Blake Street McDonald's, confirmed that they were aware of the incident but were unable to comment at this stage.
Further information on the incident from Phoenix Security and North Yorkshire police is expected on Monday.