I disagree with the position that the city’s crime rate might be to blame for the violence which took place at the San Jose Cultural Center last week.
Two people were killed, others injured, two business and a residence hit by gunfire, while the perpetrators drove down the street shooting at each other, resulting in multiple car crashes and one of the deaths.
Considering that other business venues operate in the same city, subject to the same crime rate as the San Jose establishment, why did their patrons not take similar actions?
Since the current location of the San Jose club has had numerous incidents of a similar nature, this being the worst, maybe the location and the clientele that are drawn to the clubs are the problem, not the crime rate.
Also, the club’s proprietors were accused of not following the rules established for businesses with a liquor license, especially the security requirements and there should be consequences for their decision to not hire certified security personnel.
Everyone lives with this high crime rate; we don’t all act violently because of the city we live in. Considering that fact, why would this club be any different from other businesses serving alcohol, which do not have the history of violence that seems to occur at this location?
Let’s put the blame squarely where it belongs - on the people who didn’t meet state requirements for the proper security and the customers who seem prone to violent actions, for whatever reason.
When the customers are driving down the street shooting at one another, placing Rockford citizens at risk of injury or death, it’s not a harsh action to take away the establishment’s liquor license.
Not only that, since this is at least the fifth club in that location, some with violent activity, Alderman Beach is correct to say that enough is enough, and the business should not only have its license revoked, it should have been shut down, which is now being requested by the owners, thank God!