A long-established Ethiopian restaurant in the suburb of Atlanta has sued the DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader and other defendants claiming it was racially targeted for code enforcement violations.
Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant claims it is among the targets of a conspiracy to force restaurants owned and frequented by Ethiopians, Eritreans and other East African nationals out of Rader’s west DeKalb district. The complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta this past Friday said county fire and code officials launched an enforcement crackdown for minor violations that shut down the Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant in March, while white-owned restaurants that serve primarily white patrons are given a pass for the same offenses. Sheba had been in operation since 1998.
The complaint and its author, Cary Wiggins of the Wiggins Law Group, said the underlying basis for the county’s enforcement push is a 2008 zoning amendment setting up new requirements for “late night establishments and night clubs” within 1,500 feet of a residential property. […] CONTINUE READING