Audit reveals lack of regulation for Atlanta nightlife establishments


An independent audit shows that the city of Atlanta does not regularly check bars and clubs to see if they are following liquor license rules.

Neighbors whose homes are close to these establishments have spoken a lot about the problems that arise from certain businesses. Problems include noise and worse – gunshots as patrons get involved in some sort of disagreement and bullets are sprayed.

“People are terrified of certain activities,” Chris Rich said. “How can you sleep at night? »

Auditor Amanda Noble reviewed a two-year period of records and interviews with police personnel responsible for verifying businesses. She found that the annual audits that are supposed to take place are not taking place. The division into APD is assumed

Have 21 officers. Half of these positions are vacant. And during evening duty, which corresponds to prime time for companies, only one of the five agents is on duty.

Dustin Hillis, a member of the city council’s public safety committee, summed up the situation in one word – “ridiculous”.

Police Chief Rodney Bryant told the audit team that changes would be made, including moving some of his officers to that division to increase alcohol checks.

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