Video Shows Cops Corralling local Bar Patrons Late Night in Michigan, IN
The video posted to Facebook shows Indiana cops detaining all bar patrons at a local Michigan bar, Local Option. It was posted first by Manna Carter but has since been deleted from her Facebook page.
In the video, now available on Youtube and in the comments section of Carter’s original post, cops can be seen detaining an entire bar and forcing everyone there to submit their identification for background checks.
“I’ve never seen this in my entire life. I feel like a fucking criminal and I’ve done nothing wrong.” Carter narrates over her recording of the night.
Footage of this incident shows Michigan City police officers corralling everyone inside the bar at 1:30 a.m. running police database checks for criminal history.
Carter, whose father owns the bar, questions if officers have probable cause to be detaining everyone inside in the first place.
“Clearing out the bar at 1:30 in the morning to check everyone’s IDs — without probable cause. That’s what I want to know. That’s my question. What is your probable cause for clearing out my father’s establishment at 1:30 in the morning.”Manna Carter, whose father owns the bar, first uploaded the video on her Facebook
The officers don’t accuse anyone of a specific crime and the whole exercise led to no arrest. They claimed the raid was a part of excise enforcement for the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
But, since, Indiana has a dedicated Indiana State Excise Police, whose officers weren’t present at the scene and those there were wearing Michigan City police uniforms. Their claim just doesn’t add up, even further validating Ms. Carter’s protest.
“There’s no reason we should be subjected to this,” Carter says as the officer informs her that Bar’s license is suspended.
“Yes, my license is suspended,” she quips back at him. “I knew that. Thanks — protect and serve.”
Ms. Carter posted to Facebook the reason for deleting the video as quoted below: