The week there was a public hearing held by the Manassas Park Governing Board regarding the Conditional Use Permit allowed for Rack n’ Roll Billards, and the Potomac News has an article about this in today’s edition. While Kipp Hanley does a pretty good job providing an overview of what happened, there’s a lot more to say about what happened there, and the continuing bizarre behavior by the Governing Board and the City of Manassas Park.
I’m told that at one point during the hearing, Dave Ruttenberg challenged the Governing Board to ask City Attorney Dean Crowhurst about whether the chief of security at Rack n’ Roll was working for the police, as has been alternatively denied and affirmed in various documents filed by the city with the courts. After not a single council member chose to ask this pertinent question, Ruttenberg played an audio recording of Dean Crowhurst actually admitting to this. Apparently, it was quite a scene.
The relevance here is that the city is holding Ruttenberg responsible for drug dealing that was promoted and controlled by the Joint Narcotics Task Force (JNTF) under the control of a Manassas Park Police Officer, and in order to facilitate this, the JNTF recruited a substantial portion of his security team and Kevin Brendel, at that time the Vice-Mayor and DJ at the club in order to help make this happen. They set these deals up, and then used them against Ruttenberg. It’s a complete travesty, and the city is on the verge of getting away with this.
I hope to have more on this soon. Stay tuned.
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