If I own a bar that was shut down early on New Years Eve by the Police for incidents that never happened, can I sue the city?

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If I own a bar that was shut down early on New Years Eve by the Police for incidents that never happened, can I sue the city?

At approximately 1 am, the police observed 2 people arguing behind my bar with myself observing. The police then informed me that I was to close my business for the night. A little confused, I complied. In the next town newspaper, it quoted the police as saying my bar was closed because of fights. I have video security footage, as well as 15 witnesses (and counting), that no fights occurred at the bar. This is not the first time this has occurred. What remedy do I have available to me?

Asked on January 13, 2011 under Business Law, Washington

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

So what you are claiming is that you were defamed in some form by the statement.  The only problem is that generally speaking the police and their officers can have immunity in these type of situation for the statements made.  What you are saying is that the statements are wholly untrue.  I would seek consultation n your are but in the meantime have you verified that this is what was said and then called and asked that a statement be made retracting the statement as untrue?  I would try that.  I can understand how you may feel in this situation and that the statement has given your bar a bad name in your eyes.  See what can be done.  Good luck.


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