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Public Nuisance Crackdowns Continue, Reach Downtown Clubs - Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Instead of a bouncer, there was a Metro police officer guarding the entrance of Ultra Violet and Throwdown Liquid nightclubs Friday.
 
The clubs were declared a public nuisance in a temporary injunction and padlocking order by criminal court judge Mark Fishburn.
 
Police placed the padlock on the doors Friday after the department says it received hundreds of complaints about illegal activity.
 
"Many of those incidents were serious in nature, to include aggravated assault, sexual assault they included illegal drug activity, gang activity and underage consumption, said Jason Reinbold, commander of the departments central precinct.
 
It sounds like if it's something that crazy going on, it should probably been shut down," said Chris Kenser who was visiting Nashville from Indiana.


Two weeks ago police padlocked three Nashville markets for allegedly selling illegal chemicals.  Police padlocked another market on Thursday.
 
But does the public nuisance label really work?
 
Fox 17 brought you the story of Silverados Dance Hall on Murfreesboro Pike back in August of 2011.
 
Police received a number of calls of fights, assaults, shootings and drug crimes and padlocked it too.
 
Court documents show the club cleaned up its act, kept the same manager and  re-opened as Yea Baby's.
 
But less than a year later, police had to crack down again after receiving 270 service calls.
 
Yea Babys closed down for good.
 
Whether Throwdown Liquid and Ultraviolet ever re-open is up to a judge, but Kenser says he hopes whatever happens is in the best interest of the city, not the business owner.
 
I love Nashville, Kenser said.  It's a fun place.  I always feel safe and so anything to keep it that way, Im all for.
 
A hearing is scheduled for April 4th to determine the future of these two clubs.  The club managers could not be reached for comment.

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