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Police Chief Now Has Power To Close Businesses

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Police Chief Now Has Power To Close Businesses Thu, 18 May 2017 21:58:46 +0000 Police Chief Now Has Power To Close Businesses Police Chief Now Has Power To Close Businesses KADN the community the decision to ban go-cups after midnight at bars downtown is taking most of the spotlight from tuesday night's lafayette consolidated government council meeting, but that's not the only thing that changed. the council also gave the police chief the authority shut down businesses that are deemed unsafe. news phillip boudreaux is in the studio. phil, why did the council give the police the power to do this? councilwoman nanette cook told me the fire chief already has the authority to shut down businesses for safety reasons and the council thought the police chief should have the same power. she also explained to me how this will work. <natsfor the police chief to shut down a business, councilwoman nanette cook says the manager would have to call the police about the dangerous situation."the police chief would then come to the establishment, assess it, evaluate it and decide, yes, we need to shut this down right now, get everyone out, it's not safe." once the business is closed, the owner has to stay in contact with the chief."the establishment owner would then have recourse in terms of being able to check with the police chief, obviousily at the site at the initial incident time and then after to find out what they need to do." depending on how serious the danger, the chief could close the bar for the whole night or just a few hours.bars downtown like the green room are supportive of the move"i'm absolutey for anything that will keep all of our patrons safe, whether they are inside of the green room or downtown safe and that's our number thing as a business we wanna make sure everyone is safe." cook believes the goal of the police chief's new authority and even the new go-cup ban is to prevent chaotic scenes downtown."police officers are just trying to clear the street more efficiently than having everyone pile out at 2 o'clock in the morning." as soon as the mayor signs the ordinance within the next 10 days, it will become law. in

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