Ques­tions to an­swer

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Back to busi­ness as usual? The be­low ques­tions are re­lated to the shoot­ing at the Power Ul­tra Lounge. It is hoped that our “lead­ers” will get the mes­sage. Lit­tle Rock re­mains deeply con­cerned about this tragic event al­lowed to hap­pen in our city and de­serves to be told all of the de­tails.

There­fore, the ci­ti­zens of Lit­tle Rock ask:

1. Why was this rap­per not im­me­di­ately jailed in For­rest City in late June af­ter al­legedly fir­ing a ri­fle into a ve­hi­cle, wound­ing the driver? Why was he left free to ap­pear here July 1?

2. We go back to 2012 when the Power Ul­tra Lounge re­ceived its first vi­o­la­tion, which grew to 14. The pub­lic would like to have each of these vi­o­la­tions pub­lished.

3. Why wasn’t this club closed long be­fore now? Fur­ther, who in city gov­ern­ment is re­spon­si­ble for such re­views? What role do our po­lice play in these mat­ters?

4. Does City Hall have a li­cens­ing depart­ment which is­sues li­censes for such a for­mal entertainment as this event? If not, why not?

5. What is the of­fi­cial seat­ing ca­pac­ity for this club? At­ten­dance for this tragedy has never been men­tioned to my knowl­edge. Were guests screened for age? Were mi­nors al­lowed in a club of this sort?

Plans have re­cently been re­vealed to or­ga­nize a new com­mit­tee to com­bat crime with both the city and state par­tic­i­pat­ing. This is con­sid­ered a pos­i­tive step. The pub­lic needs to know de­tails. But the pub­lic first needs to be in­formed of im­por­tant, unan­swered de­tails. It is im­per­a­tive that the root causes and rea­sons for al­low­ing this wild and dan­ger­ous event to oc­cur in our city be thor­oughly ex­plored. Ob­vi­ously, there are changes to be made in re­gards to the roles of both city gov­ern­ment and the po­lice.

The ci­ti­zens of Lit­tle Rock de­serve to be in­formed of steps taken. Our “lead­ers” should ren­der no less than 100 per­cent co­op­er­a­tion in com­pli­ance. Lit­tle Rock ci­ti­zens ex­pect no less. JOHN W. NIVEN

Lit­tle Rock

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