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Jackson club owner wants more police visible

By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson nightclub owner said he needs more of a police presence to help keep his patrons in line.

Chuckie's is known as a thug club, a brown bag, open all night bar. It's a club right across from a residential neighborhood, where weapons are confiscated on any given night, and trouble has erupted on more than one occasion.

A man was murdered inside this club Saturday morning with a broken beer bottle. Police have investigated five shootings in the vicinity of Chuckie's since January. Chuckie's is also known for attracting young kids with no fear.

As of January police stop providing security for hire.

"I don't want to be labeled a violent club. I've been here over five years and only this year I have been having this problem," said Charlie Thomas, the owner. 

Jackson cops are no longer providing security. The young clubbers show little respect for hired private security according to Thomas.

"Like a scare crow you know. Fear of the police outside they know but just with the rent a cops they don't have any fear," said Thomas.

He said he has been warned to clean up his act.

"Without the respect of the Jackson Police Department or sheriff's department, they don't have no respect for the law," said Thomas.

The owner said Jackson cops have singled him out after the weekend murder, threatening to shut him down.

"I'm going to do whatever I can. I have over eight or nine employees and I don't' want to be put out of business," said Thomas.

Thomas still insists he needs help, more police presence on any given night to help deter crime.

Jackson can shut clubs down if night life produces persistent problems and violence. Officials can mark the lounge a nuisance. Just like they did Birdland on Farish Street, a business with a history of violence that just reopened for late night clubbing.

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