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Video shows police frisking customers at Bardstown Road bar

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A video showing LMPD officers detaining and frisking customers at Cahoots, a bar on Bardstown Road, is making the Internet rounds.

The video -- shot Tuesday night by someone inside the bar -- allegedly shows a LMPD officer telling patrons and employees to sit down, stay there, and wait to be frisked. The video had more than 12,000 views on YouTube in less than 24 hours.

"Show of hands, who has something on them that they shouldn't have?" asked the officer, who then announced they were going to pat down every customer before they would be allowed to leave.

"We're going to start over here in this corner," he said. "We're going to work our way around, and if we go by, if you're clean, you get to go out the front door."

LMPD said they were assisting the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) office of metro government, and that it isn't their case, but the raid had something to do with the establishment's liquor license. Calls to Alcoholic Beverage Control went unanswered.

Louisville attorney Thomas Clay is not associated with the case, but provided some legal insight into what is seen in the video. He says by frisking patrons without probable cause, officers broke the law.

"It appears the actions of one of the officers -- who clearly had the word "police" labeled across the back of his shirt -- were illegal and unconstitutional," said Clay.

Clay said that if the raid was an ABC case and liquor license related, all police could do is ask customers to show I.D. and prove they are of the legal age to drink. If police believed there was illegal activity taking place at the establishment, Clay says a search warrant would have been necessary.

"They would have to go to a judge and seek a search warrant, they would have to establish probable cause that criminal activity was going on at these premises," said Clay. "That's what should have been done if they wanted to search these patrons."

Police did not say how many arrests were made.

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