Triple S Store Owner Sues Baton Rouge & Police
Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of the Triple S convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot to death, has sued the city of Baton Rouge and its police department.
In the suit, Muflahi accuses the authorities of illegally taking him into custody and seizing his store’s entire security system without a warrant.
Via The Daily Beast:
Muflahi claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in Baton Rouge district court that after Salamoni killed Sterling, he immediately told responding officers Lt. Robert Cook and Officer Timothy Ballard to confiscate the “entire store security system” and detain him.
“I told them I would like to be in the store when [they took it],” Muflahi told The Daily Beast, adding that he also demanded they get a warrant for the seizure of his private property.
Officers didn’t even file an application for a search warrant, The Daily Beast found last week. Nor did Muflahi sign a “Voluntary Consent to Search Form” with the Baton Rouge police.
After taking away Muflahi’s cellphone—and the damning video on it—Lt. Cook and Officer Ballard locked the him in the back of a police car for the next four hours, the lawsuit claims. The only time Muflahi was let out was when he had to use the restroom.
“The officers would not allow Mr. Muflahi to use the restroom inside of his business establishment and he was escorted to the side of his building and forced to relieve himself right there within arm distance of a BPRD officer and in full view of the public,” the lawsuit states.
During the four hours inside a cop car and another two hours at police headquarters, Muflahi was allegedly prevented from making a phone call to his family or an attorney.
Muflahi is suing Salamoni, Lake, Cook, and Ballard as well as the City of Baton Rouge and Police Chief Carl Dabadi. The lawsuit seeks damages for “false arrest, false imprisonment, the illegal taking and seizing of his security system, illegally commandeering his business,” attorney Joel Porter told The Daily Beast on Monday.
Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said police would not comment on pending litigation, as is standard procedure.