Suit alleges racial discrimination at Power & Light District - KCTV5 News

Suit alleges racial discrimination at Power & Light District

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Arthur Wayne Brown, of Shawnee, says in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was verbally and physically abused in October 2014 when he went to the entertainment district to watch the Royals play in the World Series. (KCTV5) Arthur Wayne Brown, of Shawnee, says in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was verbally and physically abused in October 2014 when he went to the entertainment district to watch the Royals play in the World Series. (KCTV5)
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An accusation of racial discrimination has again been leveled at the Kansas City Power & Light District. 

An African-American man is suing the district and others over his claim that he was handcuffed to a bench for doing nothing wrong. 

The lawsuit states that after the man was chained to a bench for sometime, he was set free but not without a ticket for trespassing and a ban for life from the entertainment district. 

Arthur Brown, 55, says he was discriminated against inside Power and Light’s Irish Bar called The Dubliner.

In October of 2014, while the Kansas City Royals took on San Francisco Giants in the World Series, Brown says he purchased two drinks from the outside bar and later went inside to use the restroom.

Brown say the trouble started when he was walking out and greeted by three men who said he was trespassing. 

He says he produced evidence to show he was a paying customer but was still thrown out, put in cuffs, and taken to a security office and chained to a bench.

Christopher Griffin, a patron of Power and Light, says customers are labeled all the time.

The leasing company of Power and Light sent KCTV5 this statement: 

“This case has already been dismissed by state court, and we expect the same result for this filing. Moreover, not only do we believe these allegations are without merit, they are also strictly limited to a third-party tenant and a third-party security company, not the Power & Light District.”

Brown’s previous case was dismissed due to his attorney not responding to the court.

The Irish Pub did not have a comment.

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