Queens clubs targeted by harassing cops sue NYPD for $300M


Three Queens karaoke clubs filed a $300 million lawsuit against the NYPD Wednesday, claiming they’ve lost business due to harassment by police following a bribery scandal.

The Flushing clubs — 360 Lounge, Forbidden City and Home Run — allege cops have repeatedly targeted their nightspots to pressure them to share information about dirty officers.

The police scandal surfaced last December after a lieutenant and detective were arrested. They were charged with taking bribes from karaoke bar managers in the area in exchange for quashing arrests and tipping them off about police raids.

Close to two dozen other officers have been ensnared in the scandal. They were either put on modified duty or transferred out of the 109th Precinct.

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The scheme had been going on since at least December 2013, according to authorities.

As for the lawsuit filed in federal court, one of the clubs, 360 Lounge on 37th Ave. in Flushing, says the police illegally searched their establishment without a warrant on Jan. 16.

The 360 Lounge on 37th Ave. and two other Queens karaoke clubs have filed a suit against the NYPD.

The 360 Lounge on 37th Ave. and two other Queens karaoke clubs have filed a suit against the NYPD.

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The incident was captured on surveillance video. The tape — first reported by DNAinfo — shows three officers looking around the empty club, which was shuttered due to a temporarily expired liquor license.

The cops entered the nightspot through an emergency entrance in the basement, the suit alleges.

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The harassment has taken various other forms, the complaint says.

In some cases, cops have stood outside their establishments chasing away customers.

And the police have frequently come inside looking for violations and illegally frisking patrons, the lawsuit alleges.

Cops have harassed the Flushing nightclubs in varied forms, the lawsuit alleges.

Cops have harassed the Flushing nightclubs in varied forms, the lawsuit alleges.

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The NYPD also accused the owners of Home Run on Kissena Blvd. of selling the party drug ketamine to a confidential informant on three separate occasions.

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The sting operation resulted in the arrest of 18 members of the Asian community, the suit says.

As a result, the NYPD sought to have the club closed down and declared a public nuisance, the legal papers say. The status of that case is unclear.

“The police department can’t police itself,” said lawyer Eric Sanders, who is representing the clubs. “This case should have been referred to the city’s Department of Investigation.”

The NYPD declined to comment, citing its policy to not discuss pending litigation.

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