Suit Filed Against Racine Leaders

Mayor JohnDickertRACINE, Wis. – Minority 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 was filed Wednesday 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.

Sources close to the matter state that documentation ranging from emails, text messages and other documents accompany the complaint.

The complaint accuses Mayor 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.

The plaintiffs are black, Hispanic and Thai.

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