In a Washington Post interview following the tragic death of Taleshia Ford at Smarta/Broadway last Saturday, Councilmember Jim Graham expressed concern about “mixing alcohol and adults and teens” at the city’s nightclubs.
On Thursday, Graham will convene a roundtable discussion on the subject. The goal, he says in a message circulated to community listservs, is to consider “limiting underage access to nightclubs and taverns.”
At Thursday’s meeting, Graham would be wise to note the following: According to a case report from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, on June 13, 2006, at about 12:10 a.m., a man was arrested after he discharged a firearm twice onto the sidewalk near Smarta/Broadway. The man had been ejected from the club, the report says, where “a high school graduation party” was underway. Most of the patrons were under the age of 21, and no alcohol was being served.
While the report points out that the perpetrator obtained a gun once he had left the club, the incident of gun violence could have been just as violent as Saturday’s—without the booze.