Nutter vows to crack down on “nuisance bars” after weekend shooting

After a weekend shooting injured nine people at a Philadelphia nightclub, Mayor Nutter is promising action against similar establishments.

Mayor Michael Nutter says the city had gotten the club closed earlier in the year, but the club’s owner got permission from a judge to re-open. Nutter said city agencies will close the club for good and are looking at other so-called “nuisance” bars.

“If you are running a raggedy, crazy kind of place like this and if we have information about it you can anticipate in one way, shape or form we are coming after you too, I’ve just had it with this kind of ignorance going on in our city,” said Nutter.

The mayor said bars and nightclubs need to be safe places.

“People should be able to go out, have a good time and not ducking bullets at two-three o’clock in the morning, this is just stupid. There’s no explanation for it there’s no room for tolerance for this kind of nuttiness,” he said.

Nutter says the city doesn’t control the liquor license, but it can pull the club’s business permit. He anticipates that could spark a court fight.

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