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Captain Brian Roper retired from the Germantown Police Department six years ago. Captain Brian Roper retired from the Germantown Police Department six years ago.
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    (WMC-TV) - A retired Germantown police captain with a communication disorder was thrown out of a Midtown bar after the bartender believed he was intoxicated. According to the Memphis police report, officersMore >>
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(WMC-TV) – Six years ago, a stroke ended Captain Brian Roper's long career with the Germantown Police Department.  Conversations are a lot shorter now because of his inability to effectively speak.

His notepad is a constant presence.  That is how he relayed to Memphis Police what he claims happened last week at Jack Magoo's Sports Bar & Grill on Broad Avenue when he arrived to watch the Memphis Tigers play in the NCAA tournament.

He could only answer "Yeah" when we asked if security guards beat him up.

Roper showed Action News 5 the bruises on both of his arms.  He also had a big bruise on his chest and a cut on his head that was treated at the hospital.

He said security did not understand him, got mad, and threw him onto the sidewalk.

"Right," said Roper.

According to a police report, security guards were forced to physically remove Roper when an employee could not understand his order.  They thought he was drunk.

"It sounds like they weren't very tolerant of his disability," said friend Dan Garber, who used to serve Roper at the Hi-Tone.

"All of our bartenders loved the guy," said Garber.  "He would come in and watch basketball games and come in and watch bands play."

Garber believes the incident was more than a misunderstanding.

"It sounds like assault to me," said Garber.

Action News 5's phone calls to Jack Magoo were not returned.  When we showed up, the owner's attorney was there.  He said they will make a statement after the investigation.

We asked Roper if he will ever go back.

"No," he said.

Memphis police could not say how long their investigation might take.

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