Dec 28, 2009 9:49 PM by John Romero

Downtown Violence Becoming Routine

Downtown Colorado Springs is usually a bustling area of commerce and activity on any given weekday. But on weekends it seems there's been a change when night falls. "Through July we've had over 900 calls for service in that downtown area that have resulted in about 192 case reports for some crime that has occurred related to bar establishments in that area." explains Lt. David Whitlock with CSPD.

The most recent crime, an officer involved shooting at the 13 Pure nightclub which has been the scene of several crimes in recent weeks. In a time when police are already spread thin around the city, the calls for violence outside bars make it harder to get the job done. "There are times when they take a great deal of our resources and that is a concern these days." says Whitlock.

The best weapon right now: undercover police operations which recently uncovered violations at 13 Pure following a Girls Gone Wild taping. For that, the clubs liquor license was temporarily suspended. It's something police say won't stop anytime soon. "These are going to be ongoing and continuing because that is a tool that we use to try to get some of the bars that aren't being cooperative and have a lot of crime shut down." 13 Pure has been put up for sale on Craig's List for $2.8 million dollars.



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