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Striking. All the more reason to generally hate cops.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 11, 2007 3:27 PM

This is all too common here: Cops wait for the most political moment to pull the trigger

Reichert was chasing the green river killer around for decades before deciding the timing was right to start his political career and arrest ridgeway

Posted by Andrew | September 11, 2007 3:39 PM

I've gotten into Neumo's underage, with no ID and no bribe! I'm 17.

Posted by Sarah | September 11, 2007 3:39 PM

that's because the neumo's bouncers were smart enough to know you weren't an undercover. and before fear factor began.

Posted by infrequent | September 11, 2007 3:43 PM

Aww, Havana. I love that place, especially on Saturday nights at like 1am when that one white girl starts break-dancing. God, I love her.

Posted by Katelyn | September 11, 2007 3:50 PM

I don't understand why people are *so* against the nightclub sting. Police efforts at keeping guns and thugs out of clubs is something that's actually of social benefit, unlike ticketing jaywalkers in the U District (seriously, that happened to me).

Posted by tindalor baiu | September 11, 2007 3:52 PM

Nothin' gets past Whitey.

Posted by Ari Spool | September 11, 2007 3:53 PM

I was at Neumo's on Sunday.. that guy was downright thorough.

Posted by Jon | September 11, 2007 4:33 PM

The problem Tindalor, isn't about the cops doing their jobs; it's about them doing their "jobs" in a selective fashion, and throwing their collective weight to supporting a round of political grandstanding on behalf of hizzoner.

If the cops were out doing this sort of thing on a regular basis, guess what - 90% of the problem that's currently got the mayor's tighty-whiteys twisted would - ta da! - go away overnight. But, instead we keep hearing the same tired refrain, "not enough manpower!" or something similar from TPTB, while Carr & Nichols, along with their cronies on the City Council continue to put more onus on businesses to do the work of police outside the limits of their own property lines.

If someone could actually compare the number of underage served/consumed or the amount of overserving of say, all the nightclubs in the city versus a single Mariners or Seahawks game, I'd be willing to bet dollars to donut holes on which side would have more violations. But, those are "family activities", in which the City/State has a vested financial stake (via the Public Development Authorities), so they're going to overlook all but the most blatant and egregious violations there.

Going after nightclubs on the other hand is like shooting fish in a barrel: the MS wannabe millionaires inhabiting the habitrail condos nearby don't want to be disturbed of their rest after putting in their 60+ hours a week for "the man"; they're notorious for attracting the "wrong kind" of people (young, urban, ethnic, hedonistic - add your own euphemism here); and they're loud, scary places where scary young people engage in all sorts of illicit and possibly illegal activities (e.g. dancing, drinking, drugs and sex).

Meanwhile the Mayor, in his ongoing quest to turn Seattle into Bellevue-West, gets to pull all of these bullshit grandstand PR displays, with the cooperation of a now-complacent SPD (maybe hizzoner hopes his now-felon son will get some easy treatment at the hands of whichever LE jurisdiction he ends up reporting to, quid-pro-quo), gets to swing his big brass pair by showing how "tough" he is on the issue of law-and-order, making Belltown/P-Square safe for the sleepy denizens of those high-rise crackerbox condos sprouting up like 'shrooms in a rainforest.

Meanwhile, on the back side of Capitol Hill, far away from the upwardly mobile, I'll probably be awakened yet again by the *crack!* of REAL weapons fire, about which the local constabulatory will do next to nothing...

Posted by COMTE | September 11, 2007 5:02 PM

COMTE , dude, is your doc on vacay? Make sure to get that presription filled as soon as possible.

Posted by Andrew | September 11, 2007 5:50 PM

DUDE! A of All) I don't have a "doc"; B of All) I don't take scripted meds; and C of ALL) what the FUCK are you on about?

Posted by COMTE | September 11, 2007 6:47 PM

Totally agree with the 3rd paragraph of Comte's post.

Posted by Dougsf | September 11, 2007 7:10 PM


Yeah, also, if the police had the resources to be constantly on the look-out for crappy and reckless drivers, vehicular accident rates would be way down. But they don't have those resources. The best they can do is set speed traps every now and then -- and the bitching of drivers caught in those speed traps knows no limit.

It's the same deal with enforcing nightlife laws. How many resources is the city supposed to waste forcing bar and club owners to do their jobs?

Posted by keshmeshi | September 11, 2007 7:25 PM

The point is, the clubs ARE doing their jobs, as Josh has clearly pointed out.

The idea that an undercover cop can arrest a club bouncer for failing to confiscate the weapon of someone the bouncer already KNOWS is an undercover cop is pure bullshit, and just indicates who blatant this entrapment is.

If the clubs are as bad as the cops and the mayor keep saying they are, why do they have to make up these BS "stings" in the first place?

One would think they'd have plenty on their hands dealing with the actual violations they claim are already occuring.

Posted by COMTE | September 11, 2007 7:40 PM

"how blatant", not "who blatant" that is...

Posted by COMTE | September 11, 2007 7:51 PM

wow, bouncer offer prostitute who is undercover cop $40 to blow him and he gets arrested.

undercover cop tries to make illegal bribe to illegally enter nightclub and the bouncer, once again gets fucked.

i heart bacon. especially post 9/11 bacon

Posted by mike | September 11, 2007 10:30 PM

@9: If you want the mayor to take an interest in the safety of your neighborhood, you better pray a nightclub opens there.

Posted by Orv | September 12, 2007 9:47 AM

Well, we've got Thompson's Point-Of-View just down the street, which is as close as we're going to get around here...

Posted by COMTE | September 12, 2007 11:03 AM

Cops are all about bribes.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 12, 2007 11:17 AM

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