Downtown Crime Takes Center Stage In Greenville

Another big issue discussed at Greenville's City Council meeting Monday night was safety in the downtown area.

This coming after a double homicide over the summer lead to increased debate over how to handle the popular Greenville destination.

The hot-button issue of downtown crime boiled-over as city council members argued about this issue for two hours.

In the end, three ordinances were approved to be discussed during a public hearing at a future date those include background checks and professional training of bouncers at downtown bars and clubs along with the possible creation of a downtown safety coalition.

JJ McLamb with the downtown bar owners association likes that city council is moving forward.


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  • by Myles Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    Here are two actions that would assist immediately, but due to one reason or another, will not be implemented: 1. Those individuals that are just downtown loitering and harrassing, harrass them back to where they feel very uncomfortable (see R. Giuliani in NYC; Chief Anderson's current policies have failed and will only see future, worse failure). 2. The drinking age is 21 years old. Make the minimum admission age to what are primarily drinking establishments age 21. Both these responses are obvious, but long-standing political/cultural/and "good ol' boy loyalties" from both the caucasian and the African-American population will not allow either one of these to happen.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Nov 10, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    The only to solve Greenville's problem is to cut off the welfare programs.
  • by m on Nov 10, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    If you've ever been in a downtown club you know that the bouncers are not the issue. I take issue with the police on the street that harass law abiding citizens FOR STANDING ON THE SIDE WALK!!!! I cannot tell you how many times I have been herded by the police just for waiting for my friends to use the ATM. Could someone please tell me what is the point of blocking off streets if they don't want you to be out there? I think that the GPD is pretty useless out there. A friend of mine was assaulted right in front of cops and they refused to do anything because they thought he was drunk, which he wasn't because he doesn't drink...way to help out your local citizens you are paid to protect! If this is all they know how to do maybe the GPD roster should be reevaluated and new officers who understand the meaning of "serve and protect" should be hired! I agree with "Enforcement Support" that if they cracked down on underage drinking A LOT would change downtown!
  • by Bad Business Location: Downtown on Nov 10, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    Im not opposed to the "training" of bouncers ONLY if the city is willing to pay for the training. Why should the bar have to pay for something the city implements? Arming bar staff with a gun is just asking for trouble. Tazer's would be extreme even. I mean REALLY??? ALE, Police, AND the Fire marshalls have continuously been in the bar I work. Not a single ticket or violation. That is a statement. The bars are doing their jobs and have stepped up as asked of them. I agree with the post on the earlier story: Downtown Greenville, as in the 4 block bar district, is one of the safest places in town. The majority of bars are being selective on bouncers to the point where if you cnat stop a fight before it begins, you loose your job. Awareness is up people. 100% support for what the police support has accomplished. But give credit to the bar staffs for stepping up their security and enforcing laws inside their own doors.
  • by b on Nov 10, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    A thug kills two innocent people and the clubs are being blamed and will pay the cost for training and background checks---hey this could be good---if background checks are required and the person is found to be compitent, let them pack some heat, especially if training will be required. Heck, that's all it takes to be a sheriff. Train'em and arm'em!
  • by tim Location: pitt on Nov 10, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    How is background checks and professional training of bouncers at downtown bars going to stop crime in down town bars? What about all the other crimes going on in Greenville?
  • by Enforcement support on Nov 10, 2009 at 03:04 AM
    How about enforcing the laws that already exist? Become a little stricter on enforcing the legal drinking age and you'll see many of the problems go away. Expel a few ECU students for breaking the laws and pull a few alcohol serving permits and you'll improve the downtown for the rest of us to return there.
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