Champions bar sues Minneapolis

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Champions Saloon and Eatery is suing the city of Minneapolis for engaging in what it says is a racially-motivated and malicious attempt at shutting its doors, said Eric Roper of the Star Tribune.

The bar, located on Lake and Blaisdell streets in southern Minneapolis, filed the lawsuit Thursday morning, Roper said.

Rick Nelson, Champion's owner, says he feels the police are unfairly targeting his business, said Holly Wagner of WCCO.

It all stems from a drug bust that happened earlier this year where police say undercover officers bought crack in big drug deals on several occasions at Champions and at the bus stop right outside the bar, Wagner said.

The owner says these events and their high media profile damaged Champions' reputation, according to a KARE11.com article. Of the 14 people arrested, only two were convicted in court, and none had any connection to Champions.

Champions attorney Ed Matthews says city licensing officials attempted to use the arrests as grounds for attempting to revoke Champions' liquor license, according to the article.

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