Bar Owners File Lawsuit Against Neighbors, City Leaders

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POSTED: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 8:09pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 9:20am

EL PASO - Two local bar owners have had enough of what they call harassment. They filed lawsuits this week against El Paso city leaders and a group of neighbors.

Constitutional and civil rights violations, defamation, and business disparagement are just a few of the serious claims the bar owners are making against city leaders and local neighbors. Michael Armstrong, the owner of Three Legged Monkey in East El Paso, filed a lawsuit against four people who live near his bar. In the lawsuit, he claims the neighbors have lied to police, the city, and local media by claiming illegal activity and multiple city code violations were happening at his establishment. The lawsuit suggests the neighbors claims led to the city terminating his lease and forced local investors to back away from doing business with him. Now Armstrong wants the neighbors to pay up for the damages, he says, they cost him.

Now to the second lawsuit, this one filed by former bar owner David Cooper. He's suing the same neighbors, and also several city leaders, claiming their actions forced his bar, Dallas Nights, out of business. He claims the neighbors made similar lies about his bar and the city responded by conducting illegal police searches. He says officers were ordered to go in and conduct "bar checks," basically officers would go in and demand to see ID's from people inside the bar. The lawsuit claims, those "bar checks" prevented customers from coming back, because they felt harassed. He claims that ultimately led to less business for his establishment, and it forced him to close down his bar. Cooper also wants the neighbors, and the city, to pay up for his losses.

Both bar owners have told us they've never done anything wrong or been involved in any illegal activity. The city was closed Saturday, but their policy is not to comment on pending litigation. We attempted to call the neighbors for comment, but either they were not listed or their phone number was disconnected.
 

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Mayor Cook is getting our City sued again for his retarded ways of persecuting the citizens of our city. Those are our tax dollars the city will lose for his stupidity. Cook is a bully who is persecuting legal businesses such as bars and churches. Cook, Byrd, and Ortega are tainted in infamy. They are costing us too much. Our city can not afford those clowns.

It's about time, the city allowed these few people to abuse the emergency system making false reports. These calls cost the city in police man hours. The city should of taken action against these people a long time ago so they wouldn't be in this position. Good to hear Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Cooper are taking action and standing up. It's no wonder the LULAC convention didn't want to mess with El Paso with all this corruption going on they didn't want to be part of it.

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