Ordinance would increase security at night clubs

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - City officials are proposing a new law that would help improve safety for people enjoying Birmingham's night life.

The proposed ordinance will be named after a young man who was killed last year at a Birmingham night club.

Kelvin Felder was stabbed to death on the dance floor of Club Zen. In October, Harold Williams was sentenced to life in prison for Felder's death.
The ordinance would require bars and nightclubs to hire more police officer and security guards.

"Some clubs have more security personnel per person than others, some have less, some don't have any," said Birmingham city councilor Johnathan F. Austin. "So we need to make sure we provide some uniformity to this whole process."

Brandy Stockley goes out in Birmingham and is in favor of more security at night spots. She said, "You want people to come and spend their money and time. So Birmingham should beef up security."

At Nana Funks in the Lakeview district, there's always plenty of security, which is why Ryke Franklin says there are never any major problems.

Franklin said, "We staff security about every 15 or 20 feet throughout the bar."

Franklin is in favor of the proposed law he says the safety of patrons is a priority.

"I think it'll be a good thing as long as it's a sensible law," said Franklin.

Councilor Austin is working with the Birmingham Police Department on this law and he is also asking for the input of bar and club owners.

If all goes as planned a final draft will go before the full council in January. If passed the law will go into affect early next year.

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