Embers Grille employee files complaint with BIA against Lighthorse PD after last week's raid

Posted at 8:13 PM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 04:09:59-04

TULSA - The executive chef of the Embers Grille, a Broken Arrow restaurant that's been the subject of debate across multiple groups, has filed a complaint with the Bureau of Indian Affairs against the Lighthorse Police Department after its raid last week

Christopher Bullis filed a complaint with the BIA in Oklahoma City, in it detailing the moments he said he was scared for life. 

“Are we victims of a robbery right now? Are we going to make it out of this alive?” said Embers Grille Executive Chef Christopher Bullis. 

Questions raced through his mind as fast as the police lights changed colors. 

“A large gentleman came running at us with a large weapon and started screaming at us to get on the ground."

He remembers officers going in and out of the building, but has permanent scars from one.

“When the gentleman started pointing his weapon at me and telling me he was going to f-ing kill me, yes, I felt like he was nervous enough that he would’ve shot me.”

His complaint to the BIA calling officers "hostage takers" explaining how he is "truly scared" of what could happen next. 

“They could’ve shot me and killed me and nothing would’ve been done about it.”

The events sending him to the hospital.

“I had a lot of pressure in my chest, it was getting hard to breathe.”

Medical records also showing treatment for major depressive disorder.

The Muscogee Creek Nation told 2 Works for You, "We feel like we conducted and executed the search according to protocol."

“They wanted to put fear into us so we wouldn’t want to come back to work there.”

The team of officers did manage to scare him, but not out of going back to work. 

“I would go back there right now to go to work because I know what I’m doing is right.”

He said the little building sitting right off of the Creek Turnpike at Olive Street has a bigger purpose, one he believes in.

“The look in their eyes, they were so happy to see it coming along and knowing this was going to be something for their tribe to help them.”

And he stands by the tribe's claim of innocence.

"The Embers Grille was not breaking the law. Absolutely not."

Bullis said there are cameras in the Grille that would show everything that happened during the raid, but the Creek Nation told 2 Works for You even if it was aware of the footage we wouldn't be able to have it any time soon. 

2 Works for You also obtained the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Kialegee Tribal Town against multiple government agencies including the National Indian Gaming Commission. 

They're fighting for the right to the land and their ability to game there.

Another employee spoke with 2 Works for You immediately following the raid and made similar accusations.

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