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Oklahoma Pool Hall Alleges Police Harassment

OKLAHOMA CITY (CN) - Oklahoma City police officers systematically harassed, illegally searched and prosecuted employees and patrons of the Golden Cue in an effort to drive the pool hall out of business, according to a lawsuit in Oklahoma County Court.

The complaint documents several instances where police allegedly checked the IDs of patrons, illegally searched them and their vehicles, and made arrests.

When a Golden Cue employee asked the police what they were looking for, an officer allegedly responded that, "this place was on the radar, it's going to be like this for awhile until we put you out of business."

The plaintiff's business has dropped about 75 percent since the police harassment began, the lawsuit claims.

The pool hall also challenges a city ordinance forcing it to close between 2:01 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and between 2:01 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

"No other forms of amusement involving test a (sic) personal skill or ability, are limited to such hours of operation," Golden Cue states.

Troy Standefer is representing the plaintiff.

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