Think early closing for private clubs would depress crime? Try this | Arkansas Blog

Monday, August 11, 2014

Think early closing for private clubs would depress crime? Try this

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 6:53 AM

A squabble in the morning paper about police calls in Jonesboro following passage of a 2 a.m. closing law for private clubs — up? down? who can say? — generated some heat but not much light. More grist for the "lies, damn lies and statistics" discussion.

It's a wonder there's any crime at all in Jonesboro because, after all,  alcohol sales are not legal there EXCEPT in private clubs. Presumably, if the private clubs were closed altogether, Jonesboro would be crime free.

Which brings me, again, to the point: Focusing on a 3-hour window of business for nine legitimate enterprises as a public safety strategy is folly.

You want to save some police calls, require a 9 p.m. closing hour in the River Market. Require convenience store closing at midnight. Prevent Waffle Houses from staying open all night. Require Walmarts to hire more private security 24/7 to reduce the huge demand they create on police time.

I'm reminded it was early evening when a Little Rock police officer beat the living bejesus out of a Hillcrest restaurant customer for the crime of not moving along promptly enough. Maybe we need a 5 p.m. closing in Hillcrest. City Director Gene Fortson, after all, seems ready to propose an early closing law because bad things happen from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Why stop there?

A 2 a.m. closing remains more about the cultural and moral outlooks of the old-timers who sit on the City Board.

It is also about government in secret. As of this weekend, no documents were on file relative to this debate, set for discussion at 4 p.m. Tuesday. One director wants a 2 a.m. closing; a proposal has been floated to require more private security at clubs; Gene Fortson and Brad Cazort reportedly plan to release a report at the meeting. Will relevant documents magically become available at the stroke of 4 p.m. Tuesday, without any advance notice to the interested public? It has happened before in Director Joan Adcock's ongoing jihad against shift workers and others who are awake when others sleep.

PS — The city board, if it was really serious about crime, might do some thinking about the number of times cops are called out when related parties fire guns at one another.

Tags: , , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • A response to police arrests becomes a tutorial on race, class and policing in Little Rock

    John Walker, the 79-year-old civil rights lawyer, and his associate, Omavi Shukur, 29, a young lawyer devoted to criminal justice reform, talked to press this afternoon about their arrests Monday by Little Rock police for supposedly obstructing governmental operations in observing and attempting to film a routine police traffic stop. It was a tutorial on sharp views of race, class and governance in Little Rock.
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016

People who saved…

Most Viewed

  • Search on for missing Little Rock visitor

    KARK/Fox 16 reports police are looking for a 28-year-old Illinois man not seen since he went for a run downtown Saturday night following a wedding.
  • Arkansas: The corruption state

    An ultra-conservative political group makes some fair points about the record of corruption amassed in Arkansas in recent years.
  • Two more deaths at Arkansas prisons

    The Department of Correction reported Sunday the deaths of an inmate at Brickeys, the East Arkansas Regional unit of the Department of Correction, and an inmate at the Varner unit in Grady, both in single-man cells, within 12 hours of one another.
  • What the world needs now ....

    Responding to racial intolerance with barbecue and tacos.

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation