The officers made a “soft entrance” into the bar by entering in plain clothes and only announcing themselves after the lights had been raised and the music turned off. Between 10:45 pm when they entered the bar and 3:45 am when they left, the NOPD made forty-three arrests for everything from probation violations to traffic warrants and recovered 62 ounces of marijuana.
As the number of complaints from nearby residents grew, claiming that patrons carried guns and dealt drugs, that cars were illegally parking on the neutral ground, and that the bar’s noise was disrupting, police realized that Sports Vue was becoming a problem in the neighborhood. Their suspicions proved correct. Inside the bar were 29 fugitives and 18 parole violators.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is up in arms claiming that the raid was heavy handed. The police made every customer present ID in order to ascertain whether they were of legal drinking age, but this was just a pretext to check for outstanding warrants as most of the customers were obviously older than 21. Whether this was a violation of civil liberties will be decided in the court system.
Until then, the police may conduct more raids in the near future. NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said, “other establishments in other neighborhoods have also received similar complaints,” and that they will face police raids similar to the one Wednesday night.
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