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Bill would shut down liquor store, bars that are scenes of violent crimes

Posted at 10:06 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 23:11:26-05

BALTIMORE — Shutting down bars and liquor stores that are scenes of crimes in the city.

That's something that could happen if a bill proposed by delegate Nick Mosby is passed.

A newly released study shows a link between alcohol establishments in Baltimore and violence like Pratt Liquors, which has had two murders near the store within a little over a month.

But some argue violence is not because of the liquor stores and they're doing everything possible to keep crime away from their property.

"We have added loitering signs, added no masks signs, added more cameras, they made a request to tear down the shed in the back which was torn down," said Keith Love from Pratt Liquors. "When we see anything wrong we're calling the police."

If the establishment's license is taken away the bill would allow them to come before the liquor board within five days to possibly have it renewed.