PRESS RELEASE: CM Graham Reaction to Club U Liquor License Ruling
- COUNCILMEMBER GRAHAM'S STATEMENT ON THE REVOCATION OF THE CLUB U LIQUOR
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2005
Contact: Alan Heymann
Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward One) issued the following statement this
"I am pleased with the ABC Board decision that was announced today revoking
the license of The Coach and Four, also known as Club U, located in the D.C.
Government's Reeves Center at 14th & U Streets, N.W.
"The Board has found that continuation of this license presents an imminent
danger to the health and safety of the public. The Board was impacted, as
was I, by Chief Ramsey's determination that under 25 DC Code 827 there had
been an increased correlation of crime within 1,000 feet of this business as
a result of this license. Mayor Williams has also joined with us in calling
for this action.
"As I have said before, this is not about any particular group or type of
music. This is about a pattern of violence associated with an establishment
that has been privileged to dispense alcohol. This privilege is awarded
only to those who behave responsibly to protect the public safety and
"The tragic incident that justifies this act was the stabbing death of Mr.
Terrence Brown within these premises in February 2005.
"As chair of the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (with
oversight over alcohol licensing), and as Councilmember for the ward in
which this license was located, I appreciate this action."
Councilmember Jim Graham