• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 42s

Rumrunner’s excessive force trial begins

By KTVA Alaska 8:00 PM January 13, 2014

Opening arguments were heard and the first witness took the stand.

ANCHORAGE - A troubled local bar shut its doors more than a year ago, but its employees and owners are now being asked to answer for past actions.

The State vs. Rumrunner’s security guard Murville Lampkin and owners AB&M trial is more than two years in the making. It began Monday morning in an Anchorage courthouse within walking distance of the now-shuttered bar.

The trial surrounds the alleged brutal beating of Johnny Brown by Rumrunner’s Old Towne Bar and Grill security in October 2011.

Brown admits he had too much to drink on the night of Oct. 23 and he also admits to striking the security guard now on trial for the beating. However, he said, the response of Rumrunner’s staff was uncalled for and excessive

“They wouldn’t stop hitting me until I agreed not to press charges,” Brown said in an interview with KTVA just after the alleged incident took place.

Attorneys for defendants Murville Lampkin, the security guard charged with beating Brown, and Rumrunner’s owners AB&M sat on one side of the courtroom, while the prosecution sat on the other. Both were just a few feet in front of Brown, who sat listening intently.

The first witness in the case, former Rumrunner’s bouncer Ian Lamp took the stand.

“I noticed there was road rash on the side of his face,” Lamp testified. “I noticed he had some dirt on the side on his face and I noticed he had a cut underneath his eye and there was blood coming out of it, but it wasn’t like pouring out.”

Those wounds Lamp was referring to include multiple facial fractures, skull fractures and a broken orbital, according to Brown, who said they have mostly healed up since the night of the alleged beating more than two years ago.

Now, Brown said, he just wants closure.

“It’s almost been three years now, so it’s good to finally get it going and see an end result to all of this,” Brown said.

Once the criminal trial concludes, Brown said, his civil case against Rumrunner’s will begin. He said he hopes his case will send a message to local bars and restaurants, who according to Lamp, offer little to no training on how to handle rowdy patrons in situations like the night of Brown’s alleged beating.

“There isn’t any training program for set up by the state or anybody else for doormen and security to be trained on how to do things in a specific way and what is legal and what is not,” Lamp said.

Brown said he hopes his trial will change that, especially in regard to the use and abuse of excessive force.

“Hopefully we can put a stop to any of this happening in the future and maybe killing somebody and just taking it too far,” Brown said. “It feels great to finally stand up and have a go to this point.”

Rumrunner’s Old Towne Bar and Grill closed suddenly just a week before Christmas in 2012 after operating out of its downtown location for several years.

Another bar operated briefly out of the same location.

Now, national restaurant chain Hard Rock Café is slated to open out of the same location later on this year.

Latest Stories

  • DayBreak

    Mic Check in the Morning: Tai Trujillo

    by Daybreak Staff on May 29, 10:02

    When it comes to her music, Tai Trujillo is an artist with three goals: Make you laugh, make you think and make you feel like you’re not alone. A local singer songwriter whose influences include Stevie Wonder, Fiona Apple and Florence and the Machine, Trujillo performed live on Friday’s Daybreak for a Mic Check in […]

  • Politics

    White House vow to veto fishing law changes sparks fight

    by Associated Press on May 29, 9:16

    A White House pledge to veto proposed changes to federal fishing laws is dividing fishermen over whether the rule changes should be saved or scrapped. Congressman Don Young, an Alaska Republican, wants to change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide fishery managers with more flexibility in rebuilding fish stocks. The White House […]

  • DayBreak

    Meet Ahma, this week’s Daybreak Adopt-A-Pet

    by Daybreak Staff on May 29, 8:16

    Ahma came to the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center as a stray and brought her four kittens along. This sweet family went into foster care until the kittens were weaned. Two of the four kittens have found homes already and the other two will be available soon. But AACCC staff don’t want this mom […]

  • News

    Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes remote area off Alaska coast

    by Associated Press on May 29, 7:23

    ANCHORAGE – A strong earthquake has struck in a remote region off the Alaska coast, but officials say there is no tsunami threat or immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.7 quake struck at 11 p.m. Thursday and was centered in the ocean about 35 miles beneath the seabed and some […]

  • Sports

    East High alum donates big bucks for scoreboard

    by Dave Leval on May 28, 23:51

    Donnell Page will enter his senior year in the fall at East High School, but one thing he has never done is play a football game on campus. “I’d sure like to play here. It’d be more motivational, bigger incentive to win,” said the Thunderbirds offensive and defensive lineman. Page may get his wish as […]

  • News

    Mission: Memorial Day team forced to leave Denali before summitting

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 28, 23:36

    A team of military veterans aiming for Denali’s peak in a tribute to fallen service members was forced to turn back Thursday. Mission: Memorial Day expedition leader Josh Jespersen said in a Facebook video that conditions took a turn for the worst on Thursday, with white-out conditions and the potential for an avalanche. Jespersen said the […]

  • News

    Anchorage Assembly discusses marijuana local options with ABC Board

    by Shannon Ballard on May 28, 23:19

    As Alaska gets closer to passing its first draft of marijuana regulations, the Anchorage Assembly is asking, “What can the city control?” Local leaders, rule makers, and entrepreneurs got together Thursday to lay it all out. The state’s proposed marijuana regulations will come out in three sets. Recently, the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board released the […]

  • Politics

    Debate on state’s budget continues

    by Kate McPherson on May 28, 23:13

    Amendments to the state’s 2016 operating budget were debated for most of Thursday, with the House adjourning around 10:30 p.m. without a vote. The House took up the budget bill, CS House Bill 2001, after Republican leadership offered a budget deal Wednesday that would restore $16.5 million to the Base Student Allocation and also honors […]