Champions Sports Bar sues Mpls, accuses city of trying to drive "black bars" out of business


Nelson also claims the city has repeatedly harassed him about alleged noncompliance with the 60/40 rule, which requires bars near residential areas that opened after October 14, 1983 to make 40 percent of their proceeds from non-alcohol sales. But Champions opened in 1981, meaning it should be grandfathered in. Nelson claims the city even went after his liquor license over alleged 60/40 rule violations before he conclusively proved Champions opened before the rule went into effect and therefore isn't required to abide by it.

Finally, the lawsuit provides startling details about an alleged harassment incident that occurred just a few nights ago on the evening of December 4:
On December 4, 2012, one of Champions' security guards, Isodore Randle, left Champions and got into his truck to go drive home. A police officer under Clark's command approached Randle's truck, pointed his loaded gun to Randle, grabbed Randle out of his truck, and threw Randle on the hood of his squad car. The police officer then handcuffed Randle, searched him, and put him in the back of a squad car. No contraband was found on Randle. Randle was terrified that he was going to be shot. Randle was also publicly humiliated, as many people witnessed this incident. Randle is African American and the police officer is Caucasian...

The Police's intent on December 4, 2012 was to harass Champions and one of its employees.
In a statement released after the lawsuit was filed, Nelson said: "I've worked hard all my life, employ over 30 people, and play by the rules... I don't know why they've targeted me like this."



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Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

It's true, they do get harassed, but that is a super sleazy bar.

Shawn Clark
Shawn Clark

it is on the corner of Blaisdale and Lake st its been a problem spot for yrs i am glad to see the city is doing some thing about it

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Let's not confuse African Americans with assholes. I don't think they (African Americans) would want to be lumped into one category or type of individual any more than anybody else does. Champions, Gabby's, etc - we are not talking about upstanding African American citizens populating bars and having good drink and food, we are talking about low life black thugs causing problems. Now, of course, not everyone at those establishments is black and not everyone is a thug or low life, but historically those bars have been problematic with disrupting the peace, weapons, drugs, drunk thugs, gang members, and a whole slew of fucking idiots. Do respectable people of any color or creed want to be associated with a lawsuit that seeks to represent "shitty clientele" of problematic venues as "their people"? I wouldn't.

Jessica Ruth
Jessica Ruth

I drive by this place every morning and even at 7:30 am it looks too dangerous to enter. Would NEVER go here.

Lola House
Lola House

This place is awesome ... said no one ever.

Lola House
Lola House

Champions is the shit! You can buy your rocks on the smoke porch, find a trick and fuck him in the bathroom, and pay your pimp at the bar!! Its an all in one package deal!

Oscar
Oscar

Well here we go again. I have nothing against Champions. But if there is consistently trouble at your bar you have a problem on your hands. Whether they are black, white, or candy striped. Its not Champions fault that shady people frequent their bar. If you buy drugs from a guy you just met at the bar you are a complete moron. The entrapment/racist excuses are weak. You will never win this lawsuit and it will cost you plenty in lawyer fee's.

Aymee Williams
Aymee Williams

Been here one time and won't go back, it's pretty damn ghetto to say the least, it has nothing to do with cause it's a black owned bar either! The place has had it's share of problems. The cop's just did a drug bust in the last couple month's there.

Ryan Ojard
Ryan Ojard

This place is a virus to the LynLake neighborhood.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

Damn, Dustin. I wish that one was mine. I'm going to have to file that one away and use it later like it was my own.

Dustin Haning
Dustin Haning

I've never heard of this place but I'm always interested in finding new places to buy crack.

Chris Goyette
Chris Goyette

I doesn't matter who the patrons are of an establishment. If it is a problem that cannot be resolved, then the business should be forced to either relocate, or shut down.

Katherine Clancy-Truskolaski
Katherine Clancy-Truskolaski

I have lived on this block for 7 years, i now take a different route home to avoid sitting at that corners stoplight, there is usually people yelling at eachother, running in between cars to get to the bus, or fighting at the bus stop. I dont care WHAT color the people are. My next-door neighbor hung out there for happy hour 4 days a week, and was just kicked out of our place for selling crack out of our building.

Erin Munn
Erin Munn

The 'racism' claims are bullshit. I know someone who had bought crack down there before- and where did the dealer say to meet? Why, in the bar, of course!! Because he knew it was a 'safe' place for the deal, because the staff wouldn't say anything. Shut the place down!!!

Shawn Gustafson
Shawn Gustafson

It is what it is, If its a troubled place shut it down , that place would not be considered trouble. If there was not bad things happening there.

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