Citizens petition for injunction against Dothan night club

Citizens petition for injunction against Dothan night club

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - A group of citizens and business owners are petitioning for an injunction against a night club in Dothan.

On Tuesday, a representative presented allegations to the city commission that the club is violating it's license to operate.

City leaders and police are now investigating the claims.

The group of citizens are accusing the Imani Night Club, formerly known as the Champagne Lounge, of breaking several rules. They say dancers are performing illegal sex acts at the club.

There are also allegations the bar is serving alcohol after hours.

Kevin Saffold spoke for the group at the commission meeting on Tuesday. Saffold claims he has witnessed the illegal activity.

In 2009 the state legislature passed the Bikini Bar Bill. The bill prohibits any new strip clubs or any that have had a change in ownership, licensing or location from having dancers.

According to the city, Champagne Lounge's license was changed in 2009 to Imani Lounge.

It's unclear if they are allowed to legally have dancers. We put a call into the city. They could not tell us if the club was licensed to have a dancers.

"I'm grateful that he brought it to the commission to make us aware of it so we can look into it. We can't have clubs doing illegal things and if they are, we need to close them," said, Mike Schmitz, Mayor of Dothan.

Saffold also claims that Dothan police officers are providing security for the club. He believes they're aware of illegal activities.

"When we get an allegation of this type, this one in particular will have a two-pronged investigation. We have a criminal investigation into the allegations as to what may or may not be going at the location. The second investigation will be conducted by our internal affairs officers into the actual conduct of any officers who may be working at that location," said Dothan Police Captain Stacy Robinson.

We reached out to the owner of the club, who also attended the meeting on Tuesday. He chose not to comment at this time.

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