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Cameras in bars?

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Soon, if you plan on going to bar you may want to think twice before starting trouble. Lake Charles police chief, Don Dixon is pushing a plan to make it safer when going to a bar.

Recently, off duty Sheriff's Deputy, Logan Armistead was leaving Nate's Place in Lake Charles when two men allegedly attacked him, beating him nearly to death. Deputy Armistead is making progress, and Lake Charles police chief, Don Dixon is doing everything he can to prevent this from happening again. He is pushing for a city ordinance requiring all bars, where more than fifty percent of business is in alcohol sales, to install surveillance cameras, inside and outside.

"We feel that it would be very proactive to mandate, that if you own a bar, run a bar, that you be responsible," said Chief Dixon. 

At a city council agenda meeting Chief Dixon laid out his proposal for council members.

"I think it is something we need, and I think it is something that a person that owns a bar would take it upon themselves and do it anyway," said Chief Dixon.

As the city council looks into the legality and possible implementation of this proposed ordinance, one local bar owner is skeptical on how effective this plan will be.

His intent is for the safety of patrons of these establishments, which is fantastic. He is protecting and serving. In my opinion, this is going to be a very difficult task in front of him," said Dave Evans, owner of Luna Bra and Grill.  

Evans said, the added cost is where some businesses may have trouble.

"Many of our businesses in Lake Charles are very small.  A lot of them may not be able to afford something of this nature," said Evans. 

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