Business forced to close during Ferguson unrest suing state

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - A lawsuit was filed against five major entities Monday after the Ferguson protests. The suit filed by Swiish Bar and Grill owners Chantelle and Corey Nixon-Clark lists everyone from Governor Jay Nixon to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and city mayors.

The suit is against the state of Missouri, St. Louis County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the City of Ferguson and Jennings. Owners say they lost more than $25,000 in revenue because they were forced to close their doors for weeks during the Ferguson unrest while a law enforcement command post set-up shop at a Jennings shopping center. The post was stationed about one mile from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed.

Attorney Dan Herman says the case is easy to prove. He adds that images of the command center created negative misconceptions about Swiish. Owners also say they had to give refunds to customers, cancelled events and lost food.

FOX 2 contacted all of the agencies listed in the lawsuit and got a response from the Missouri State Highway Patrol who says they don't comment on legal matters. We will continue to follow this story and bring updates as they come in.

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