Police Pester Patrons in Entertainment District

Police Pester Patrons in Entertainment District

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"I was shocked, I couldn't believe it," says Haberdasher Bartender Stan Pate.

Pate says their patrons were harassed by Mobile police while they were drinking alcohol outside, under the establishment's awning.

"He continued to state, do your patrons want to go to jail? Do your patrons want to go to jail? It was almost like he wanted me and the bartender to smart off to him because he wanted, he just had an arrest on his mind or something."

The Haberdasher is a non smoking bar, so oftentimes the patrons will come out to the covered sidewalk area to smoke and the owner has gone through the correct channels making sure it's ok for patrons to bring their drinks out here while they smoke just as long as they have it in a plastic container.

Technically, the Haberdasher is not included in the entertainment district, which now allows drinking on the streets with a plastic cup. But Pate says he believes the officer should have been a bit more polite.

Matthew Golden, co-owner of the LoDa Bier Garten understands and appreciates what officers do.

"They deal with a lot of things that a lot of other police officers don't have to throughout the city and they do a great job of making it a safe environment for families to come down here," says Golden.

But Golden believes the altercations that broke out along Dauphin Street Friday night were because the officer was brand new—one Golden had never seen before.

"I don't think he understood the new laws of the entertainment district and understood state laws as well, that the ABC board enforces."

District 2 Commissioner William Carroll has received emails about the incidents.

"I have asked for some type of investigation in response back so that we'll actually know what's happening and why it's been happening that way," says Carroll.

We're also hearing rumors that the Mobile Police chief plans on asking the commission Tuesday for $600,000 to hire more officers. Carroll says he hasn't seen any request or any such item on the meeting agenda for tomorrow, and believes there is no need for extra law enforcement.

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