A federal judge dismissed most of a suit by a Hackensack restaurateur who claimed local police beat and harassed him after he stopped giving them free meals and hiring them for security details.

Robert Egan, the owner of Cubby’s Restaurant, failed to demonstrate a pattern of harassment or retaliation, and too much time had elapsed between cause and effect to establish a correlation, U.S. District Judge Alfred Wolin found in Egan v. Hackensack, 96-3825.