When Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that restaurants in the District of Columbia would be required to turn away some customers based on their medical history, Eric Flannery told his customers that he would never discriminate against them. As a result, the city revoked his liquor license and ultimately shut down his restaurant entirely. Matt Kibbe sits down with Eric to find out why he was willing to stick his neck out to resist this authoritarian policy. They are also joined by Robert Alt, President and CEO of The Buckeye Institute, who is representing Eric in his case against the city, which has been using emergency powers for nearly two years in defiance of the longstanding legal principle of public accommodation.
Also check out Free the People’s short documentary with more on this case: Shut Down Indefinitely: The Big Board v. District of Columbia