LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A new YouTube video shows LMPD officers in Louisville, KY illegally detaining and frisking customers at Cahoots, a bar on Bardstown Road in the highlands.
The incident occurred Tuesday night and was filmed by a patron inside the bar. The video appears to show a Louisville Metro Police officer telling customers and employees to sit down, not move, and wait to be frisked.
The officer is heard saying "Show of hands, who has something on them that they shouldn't have?" before announcing they were going to pat down every customer before they would be allowed to leave.
"We're going to start over here in this corner," the officer said. "We're going to work our way around, and if we go by, if you're clean, you get to go out the front door."
Louisville Metro Police said they were assisting the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) office of metro government, and that it isn't their case, but the raid had something to do with the establishment's liquor license.
According to WDRB News Louisville attorney Thomas Clay is not associated with the case, but provided some legal insight into what is seen in the video. He says by frisking patrons without probable cause, officers broke the law.
"It appears the actions of one of the officers -- who clearly had the word "police" labeled across the back of his shirt -- were illegal and unconstitutional," said Clay.
Clay said that if the raid was an ABC case and liquor license related, all police could do is ask customers to show I.D. and prove they are of the legal age to drink. If police believed there was illegal activity taking place at the establishment, Clay says a search warrant would have been necessary.
"They would have to go to a judge and seek a search warrant, they would have to establish probable cause that criminal activity was going on at these premises," said Clay. "That's what should have been done if they wanted to search these patrons."
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