In This California City, Allowing Dancing Can Send You To Jail

A California businessman is currently embroiled in a legal battle that highlights how seriously bureaucrats take the enforcement of regulations – especially in a deep blue state.

Len Travis owns Roseville Station, a Roseville restaurant situated just outside of the city’s designated entertainment district. For that reason, when city authorities learned he was allowing patrons to dance while inside the eatery, they jumped on the opportunity to punish him.

Travis was actually arrested and locked up in 2012 for his violation of an ordinance the city claims prohibits any dancing. Four years earlier, municipal staff reports, they sent Travis a letter instructing him that such activity constitutes a nightclub, the operation of which violates city code.

His citations have subsequently been overruled in court; and the city’s appeal was denied. Now, Travis is seeking restitution for what he contends was wrongful imprisonment.

“The defendants by arresting Mr. Travis without a warrant and without probable cause or reasonable suspension and then by confining him did falsely arrest and imprison him,” his lawsuit claims.

Travis’ attorney, Jeff Kravitz, has his own strong allegations against the city.

“In Roseville,” he concluded, “they don’t like freedom.”

Defining any form of dancing within a private business as a crime is an affront to the guaranteed liberties Americans expect, Kravitz added.

“Why do people believe that in a free society, that in a restaurant the owner of the restaurant cannot make a decision to allow people to dance to music being played on the radio?” he wondered.

As for Travis, reports indicate he is still operating Roseville Station – and still welcomes his patrons to cut the rug if they are so inclined.

A local news outlet attempted to contact city staff for their side of the story; however, they declined.

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