The owner of Halftime Bar and Grill has filed a suit against the City of Guthrie, including four Guthrie police officers.
“There is an action that they (police) are selectively enforcing the law against Fazal Khan and his establishment,” City Attorney Randel Shadid said in a phone interview with Guthrie News Page. “I think that is not correct, and we will fight the lawsuit.”
Kahn is claiming the city and their police officers have harmed his business and reputation by harassment, stalking, unlawful use of police force, presence to scare clientele and customers, false and malicious prosecution, intentionally taking from the bar the person hired to card people at the door and general defamation.
Due to the pending litigation, City Manager Matt Mueller did not want to comment except to say, “I have an extremely high amount of faith in the Guthrie Police Department and know that they conduct themselves with fairness and integrity.”
The defendants in the suit include: the Board of Commissioners for the City of Guthrie, Police Chief Damon Devereaux, Lieutenant Mark Bruning, Sergeant Brian Crumb and Officer Erik Lamb.
“The lawsuit that they filed is asking for a restraining order against the police officers going inside his business and enforcing the laws. Well, that is bogus in my opinion,” Shadid stated.
Khan said the “targeted attacks” began after his divorce with Sgt. Crumb’s sister in 2011, according to the suit filed on Tuesday.
Among the accusations stated in the suit, Kahn says the defendants attempted to have an inebriated person make a false statement against him, have made false arrests, stalking him and the business and personal knowledge of making false police reports.
Kahn states he has contacted the police chief, city manager and council members about his concerns and that they have done nothing to stop further attacks.
“Sometimes people do not want to follow the law and they get mad when the law enforcement insists that it happen that way,” Shadid said.
The plaintiffs are requesting the injunction to stop the defendants from continued harassment and from malicious prosecution, permanently.
Kahn has submitted a tort claim and will have to wait for the city council to act on it in 90 days or less before being able to file the claim.
“Their action right now is to enjoin the police department from doing its job,” Shadid said.
Along with the injunction, Kahn is asking for attorney fees and filing fees cost.