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Police: Bartender arrested for throwing out disabled police retiree

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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    Friday, January 13 2017 11:51 AM EST2017-01-13 16:51:43 GMT
    (WMC-TV) – Six years ago a stroke ended Captain Brian Roper's long career with Germantown Police.  Conversations are a lot shorter now because of his inability to effectively speak. His notepad is a constant presence.
    The bruises on Captain Brian Roper's arms are what is left after he was reportedly thrown out of a bar because an employee couldn't understand his order due to a communication disability.  According to the police report, the employee claims he thought Capt. Roper was drunk.
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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, officers
    A retired Germantown police captain with a communication disorder was thrown out of a Midtown bar after the bartender believed he was intoxicated.

(WMC-TV) -  A Memphis bartender was arrested on a simple assault charge Wednesday following an incident at a Midtown bar where a disabled police retiree was thrown out, police said.

Memphis police confirm the bartender arrested is Mark Taylor from Jack Magoo's Sports Bar & Grill.

Victim Brian Roper retired from the Germantown Police Department as a captain after a stroke which left him with a communication disorder.  He was thrown out of a Midtown bar Friday because the bartender thought he was intoxicated.

In an interview with Roper that is only on Action News 5, he showed 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.

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

See the video interview with Action News 5's Jason Miles here.

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