Several media outlets have written about the lawsuit from the owners of Phat’s against LMPD, and that’s fine. All the coverage is great.
I just think it’s more interesting to delve into the actual nuts and bolts of the suit itself.
Here are some excerpts:
12. Smith shoved Plaintiff out of the way to gain entry to the club despite Williams’ willingness to allow him access. Smith then arrested Plaintiff Bert Williams, Jr., and charged him with Obstruction of Governmental Operations, Terroristic Threatening, Disorderly Conduct, and Alcohol Intoxication.
13. Officer Smith falsified information on the Uniform Citation issued in conjunction with Plaintiff’s arrest.
14. The Jefferson County Attorney’s office ultimately dismissed all charges against Plaintiff Bert Williams, Jr., except Obstruction of Governmental Operations. Smith’s basis for this charge was that Plaintiff allegedly stood in Smith’s way (i.e., “obstructed”) when Smith tried to enter the club without permission and without a warrant.
16. A security video from the club clearly showed that Plaintiff did not obstruct Officer Smith at all. This video was played for a jury at trial on the Obstruction of Governmental Operations charge.
17. While the charges were pending against Plaintiff Bert Williams, Jr., certain named Defendants, along with other Unknown Defendants involved in law enforcement, initiated an investigation nicknamed “Operation Purple Rain.” The goal of the investigation was the permanent closure of Phat’s, and to effect the prosecution of Bert Williams, Jr., as set forth above.
24. During the SWAT raid, Defendants attempted to shut down or otherwise tamper with the security cameras in the club so as to conceal their illegal actions, to include but not be limited to theft of property and the planting of inculpating “evidence”
Yeah. It just gets better and better.
Wanna read the entire thing? Click here (Warning: PDF Link) for that.
I’m not leaning one way or the other on the case. But. The entire thing is crazy sauce, isn’t it?