VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – The owner of Jacques’ Bar filed a lawsuit against Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. and Aldermen Alex Monsour and Michael Mayfield in federal court.

The Vicksburg Post reported the suit stated that the bar was closed three separate times without due process. Flaggs said the bar was closed recently by Vicksburg Police Chief Penny Jones, and it would remained closed until the owner met with him and Jones to discuss customer safety.

This comes after a fight that happened at the bar on Sunday, April 17. The incident left two women hospitalized.

According to the lawsuit, Jacques’ Bar owner, Refined South Restaurant Group LLC, was denied due process despite having no criminal or civil claims. The suit also stated that no customers have been arrested on the premises in the last 12 months.

The owner also claimed that Flaggs defamed the bar by stating the business is a public nuisance and the owner condones unlawful activity.

The owner is seeking a declaratory injunction that declares the mayor’s and city’s actions as unlawful, as well as compensation.

The Board of Mayor and Alderman for the City of Vicksburg released the following statement:

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen for the City of Vicksburg welcomes the lawful operation of businesses in the City of Vicksburg. However, the City must ensure that the operation of the business is not detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of any person patronizing the business.

On April 17, 2022, acts of violence occurred at Jacques’ which resulted in persons being injured while inside the facility. Based on a City Ordinance, Vicksburg Police Chief Penny Jones had the lawful authority to order that Jacque’s be closed. Chief Jones then set a meeting with the Mayor, the owner of Jacques’, his legal representative, and the City Attorney to attempt to establish a plan for the continued operation of the business while ensuring the safety and well-being of the establishment’s patrons. The owner and his legal representative failed to appear for this meeting. The City will continue ensuring that all persons in this community are safe and protected and will take all measures to do so.

Board of Mayor and Alderman for the City of Vicksburg

Read the full complaint here.