Abdullah Muflahi, owner of the Triple S Mart convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police last week, is suing Baton Rouge police.

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In the suit, Muflahi claims that officers illegally took him into custody and confiscated his entire security system without a warrant. Joel Porter, Muflahi’s attorney, said his client told officers to leave his store following the shooting. The officers said they would return with a warrant, but Porter claims that was after they had already taken the surveillance footage.

“If the security system is concealed then how did Baton Rouge Police Department get the make, model, the name of the security system but for the fact that they did an illegal search before they obtained the warrant?” Porter told WWL.


The suit also says he was kept in the back of a police vehicle for four hours and detained at the Louisiana State Police headquarters for two hours while he was questioned, and that he was not allowed to contact his family or his attorney while in custody.

A Baton Rouge police spokesman said the agency could not comment on pending litigation.