News Update: Nightclub Crackdown
posted by September 11 at 15:23 PMon
Apparently the sting continues.
Reports are in from Neumo’s and Havana on Capitol Hill that undercover cops with fake IDs tried to get in on Sunday night. When they were turned down, the undercover cops offered bribes—up to $100 at Havana and $40 at Neumo’s.
They were turned away at both clubs.
By the way, there seems to be some confusion out there. The sting operation itself—when the undercover cops actually witnessed clubs letting in minors and serving them, and letting guns pass (although, not at Tommy’s)—didn’t happen on Saturday night. The undercover work was done in the weeks running up to that. So, for example, even though they believed specific doormen were letting guns in clubs, they didn’t put a stop to it.
All that happened on Saturday night were the arrests. With the warrants in hand (in most cases, anyway), the SPD drove a police bus from club to club and made a big show of the arrests.
“The cops stormed in all SWATted up,” says one bartender.
Interestingly, the SPD had the home addresses of the people they wanted to arrest, but chose to hit the clubs and make the arrests in a grandiose, public fashion on Saturday night.