Uptown Bars Not Happy With Police Presence
RICHLAND, Wash.- Some Richland bar owners are complaining that violent incidents at other bars leave them targeted by police.
The owner of the Towne Crier says police are harassing his business on the weekends.
At a recent city council meeting, the owner of the Towne Crier made it clear he feels the Uptown mMall area is being targeted by police.
He says police are upping patrols so much they're parking right outside in the parking lot, and other bar owners agree that it's scaring customers off.
With 26 calls last year at the Towne Crier alone, and 52 in total at the Uptown complex, that's why police say they're there.
The Towne Crier thinks it's being targeted, saying police are gathering outside, just waiting for something to happen.
Just down the way, Ray's Golden Lion hasn't had the problems, but say the police are definitely there.
Neighbor Meris McAdie says the police presence is reassuring, especially after a man fell through her front window a while back. She says police constantly find things like needles, drugs and garbage around the area after a weekend.
Because of that, the Towne Crier believes it's being targeted.
Police just say, if a call comes in, it's their job to show up, and a lot of calls are coming in in that area.
The Towne Crier's management also cites a recent incident where police, the liquor control board and the fire marshall all showed up the same night.
Police say, that was just a coincidence.