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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