NYPD Raids Wrong Bar, Dumps Out Liquor, Then Brags About It

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The City of New York has added one more fascist notch on their authoritarian belt.

When New York City’s Mayor isn’t dictating how much salt New Yorkers should eat or attempting to outlaw large soft drinks, New York City cops are raiding — the wrong — bars like Nazi Storm Troopers and pouring out all the alcohol.

Brooklyn bar owner owner David Kelleran is suing an NYPD commander for dumping thousands of dollars worth of alcohol down a drain during a raid that turned out to be at the wrong bar.

Kelleran, former owner of Coco66 in Greenpoint, claims in the lawsuit that a team of cops charged into the his bar last year and dumped the entire stock of beer, wine and liquor down a kitchen sink — even though Coco66’s liquor license was valid.

The cops confused the bar for a Kellerman owned restaurant next door that was delinquent on a payment to the State Liquor Authority.

That restaurant, “68,” located at 68 Greenpoint Ave., had an expired liquor license after Kelleran’s $4,382 check to the State Liquor Authority bounced, the Daily News reports.

Kelleran was given 10 days to settle the payment or face disciplinary action. But after five days, cops raided both 68 and Coco66, shutting down both places and dumping out all the booze.

“There is no provision in New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law that allows for the wholesale destruction of private property, without notice,’’ Kelleran’s lawyer, Craig Trainor, told The Post.

“The utter and complete lawlessness exhibited by the NYPD in this case shocks the conscience,” Trainor said, noting that illegal drugs and counterfeit money aren’t destroyed when seized by cops.

The 94th Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Terence Hurson, led the raid and boasted about it afterwards.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while — we’ve had noise complaints about the place,” adding that dumping the booze down the drains “took a while.”

In other words, instead of resolving noise complaints in a court of law, or through mediation, the NYPD decided to raid the bar like a group of reckless felons who have nothing but contempt for the very law the NYPD is sworn to uphold on behalf of its citizens.

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