New York Police acted like it’s the good old prohibition days by spilling seized alcohol after they raided a bar.
A hip Brooklyn, New York bar, was mistakenly attacked by police, led by the commander in chief of the local police. The officers burst into the bar and spilled all the drinks down the drain, according to a new lawsuit filed in court.
The attack has shut down Coco66 in Greenpoint, since the police action in July 2011, David Kelleran said in papers filed in federal court in Brooklyn.
The confusion came after Kelleran bounced a check to the State Liquor Authority for another establishment, "68", located directly next to Greenpoint Avenue. That bar held a separate liquor license, the lawsuit said.
Although Kelleran had ten days to resubmit the $4,382.00, police raided Coco66, which had a valid liquor license, just five days later, the lawsuit said. They kicked out everybody from the bar and got rid of all the alcohol like FBI agents were enforcing the Volstead Act, the documents stated.
"There is no provision in the New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Act that allows the complete destruction of private property, without notice," said the attorney for Kelleran, Craig Trainor.
"The absolute and complete lawlessness exhibited by the NYPD in this case shocks the conscience," Trainor said, noting that illegal drugs and counterfeit money are not destroyed when seized by the police.
The commander of the 94th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Javier Hurson, led the assault and boasted about it afterwards.
"This is something I've wanted to do for a while, we've had noise complaints about the place," said Hurson.
A spokeswoman for the Department of City Law said the agency is reviewing the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.