Saturday, July 7, 2012
Houston Gentlemen’s Club Sues City of Houston Over Harassment By Houston Police
In a city flooded with violent crimes such as murder, robberies and muggings, the Houston Police Department has responded by devoting a lot of time to patrolling local gentlemen’s clubs. In fact, at one Houston club, Treasures, there have been nearly 150 arrests and now the owners are suing the city of Houston for harassment by the Houston Police Department.
While HPD has worked hard at charging dancers with prostitution, performing lewd acts and violating the 3-foot-rule, statistics show an interesting outcome. Out of 141 arrests made at Treasure Gentlemen’s Club, 130 cases were later dismissed and the other 11 that went to trial ended in acquittals.
According to the lawsuit, Treasures claims city police have harassed club workers for years and violated their first amendment rights.
City officials said the lawsuit is frivolous and said they plan to fight it.