Club & Bar Owners Meet To Discuss Downtown Crime

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Downtown Greenville club and bar owners met along with city officials Wednesday to discuss Tuesday's deadly shooting, voicing their concerns about safety.

It was an open forum where many spoke out about what they believe would be good changes.

Some say they want more police to patrol on foot and to stop the crowds that tend to gather in late night hours.

Another concern was the idea of specials and cheap prices of drinks because many feel they attract the wrong type of customer.

The co-owner of the other place spoke out for the first time after after the shootings.

Chief of Police William Anderson says the city spends about $400-thousand dollars to patrol downtown.

And that they originally put the bulk of those patrols towards peak days of Wednesday through Friday, but after this incident they're looking to add more patrols on the off days.

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  • by me Location: Goldsboro on Jul 5, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    Communities thrive from business existing. period. You wanna talk about the tax payer, how about 25k-100k a year spent in taxes to run those bars. What we have here is life. Unfortunate as it is.
  • by Jon Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    Bottom line is....Downtown Greenville is nothing but an eye sore! To the West you have West Greenville to the East you have ECU in the middle you have all these bars. When people from West Greenville and ECU meet in the middle to drink alcohol it breeds nothing but trouble! The only people benifiting from this are the BAR OWNERS and they want to blame the Police. I say shut them down! 400K of tax payers dollars being spent so the Bar Owners can line there pockets with cash is ridiculous!
  • by TruthBTold on Jul 2, 2009 at 05:09 PM
    Don't blame Chief Anderson This is Sheriff Mannings fault!
  • by Scary Scene Location: Farmville on Jul 2, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    Rode downtowm Sat. night on a MC. The scene at 5th/Evans was scary. With 2 GPD officers near by and the ever watching camera overhead, I stood, repositioned the weapon in my waist band, and prayed as I turned east on 5th St and entered Thugtown! 20 yrs ago, there were at least 2 GPD on each corner at 2am. I'm glad to have Mac's autograph on my CCW!
  • by Parent on Jul 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    Greenville and ECU are both full of thugs and I would never send my son to that nasty school.
  • by charles Location: greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    (LOL)you make it seem as though it is only college kids downtown. wrong again. Kids from washington, williamston and other towns come here and i do not think it just for cheap drinks, they come to meet people of the opposite sex.How about saying this to the father of Andrew Kirby( leaving work)
  • by Dan Location: Wilmington on Jul 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM
    Chris: I understand that some businesses choose to hire off-duty officers. My concerns rest in the fact that officers on duty, assigned to the downtown sector, do not effectively patrol the areas to which they are assigned. Like "wondering" stated about Manhattan, if the officers were on foot patrols--a more established presence would be felt, rather than having 8 to 10 officers standing around 4 squad cars in one particular area. Many departments in this state, Wilmington for example, have officers who leave their squad cars behind and walk around the neighborhoods that they patrol. This allows the officers, property owners, employees, and patrons to build a rapour with one another. If it is known that Greenville is an easy target for thugs, they will continue to do what they do. If something was actually done by the officers assigned to that district, the tables would turn and the thugs would look elsewhere to hang. There are 3 departments with jurisdiction to the downtown area....
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    Dan, a few of those downtown clubs actually hire those officers out of their own pocket to be at their business. I can hardly blame the businesses for wanting the Officers to stay put when it is their money and not the tax payers dollars. Before long Greenville will enact an ordinance requiring anyone operating a bar to hire law enforcement officers. As long as you create the atmosphere for trouble, you can HARDLY expect anything else! Downtown Greenville has always been known for it's fights, stabbings and now shootings. The only variable that stays the same is the way the clubs and bars operate, feuling binge drinkers with the penny draft, drink specials, etc etc. "Holly" so you know for a fact that the "cops" were at IHOP all night? Are the police now exempt from eating? If so, what is an appropriate place for them go?
  • by lol Location: greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    i think that all of you bashing the police should join the academy or run for city council since you know all the answers. this is a tragic event that could not have been prevented. drive-bys are never prevented. and as far as letting people just hang out on the sidewalk, i've been downtown and seen it, people think the have the right to just stand there. the officers try and move people away from downtown but they just run their mouths at the police and try and fight. not just the one's you call unwanted, but the college kids as well, very drunk college kids.
  • by class of 77 on Jul 2, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    How sad--we used to go to the clubs downtown Greenville and everyone had a great time. We did not have this crazy mess going on. My sympathy goes to the families of the young men.

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