BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Marks of the stray bullets are still visible on the outside of the Foxx Trap Gentlemans Club, where a deadly shooting involving a police officer happened over the weekend.
Now, Birmingham city leaders are speaking out.
The officer tried to break up a gun fight at the club and ended up shooting and killing one of the men.
Birmingham city councilors voted last week to close down the Foxx Trapp, but a judge allowed it to stay open over the weekend.
City councilors tell us there have been more than 200 incidents of violence at the club since it’s been in business. They want it shut down for good this time.
A stack of police reports detailing everything from underage drinking to shootings is the ammunition councilors are using against any efforts to keep the place in business.
“I think when you look at the 201 reports for this establishment, I think it in and of itself, it really sets the course for what could happen and what did happen,” said Councilman Stephen Hoyt.
The police officer involved in the weekend shooting was providing security at the club as a side job, something that has city councilors now wanting to take a closer look at the Birmingham Police Department’s policy on moonlighting.
“Rules need to be changed,” said Councilwoman Sheila Tyson. “If we shut down a facility, the police should not be able to work at these facilities.”
Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards says the Foxx Trapp wasn’t technically shut down. He says the majority of Birmingham police officers depend on income from extra jobs.
Those jobs are approved by the officer’s precinct commander.
Councilors tell us they want to keep officers out of unnecessary dangers.
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