RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Eight former bar owners in Racine have filed a civil lawsuit accusing the mayor and other city officials of discriminating against them and forcing their businesses to close.
The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday against Mayor John Dickert, the city of Racine and others accuses top city officials of preventing minority bar owners from acquiring or renewing their liquor licenses.
It also accuses Dickert of accepting illegal financial contributions from the local tavern league and rewarding the league's white members with the newly surrendered liquor licenses or high-level city positions.
Deputy City Attorney Scott Letteney issued a statement that says the city denies it illegally discriminated against any person or business. Letteney says the city has not been served with the complaint.
The plaintiffs are black, Hispanic and Thai.
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