City Attorney Investigates Violence at Two Event Halls

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Harrison Pirtle
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Updated: 7/25/2013 6:20 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF) -- The Chattanooga city attorney's office is taking a close look at two late-night meeting halls.
They've been linked to three recent murders.
Neighborhood residents hope that investigation will force the operators to close the Emotion Event Hall on Dodds and "Boo Coos" on East Main.
That decision could be made as early as next week.

Police have been called to the Emotion Event Hall, also known as "Da Building" dozens of times this year.
Neighbors complain of loud music, fights and and occasional gunplay at the Dodds Avenue building.
And sometimes it turns tragic, like the shooting death of 21 year old Ladarius Daniel on July 5th.
There may be enough evidence to declare the building a public "nuisance".

PHIL NOBLETT, DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY "We would get information from the police department initially about what they found..and we will review that information to determine if there is enough information to warrant some type of action."

Last month, near a second venue on East 25th street known as "Boo Coos", 19 year old Demetrius Davis died from gunshot wounds.
Twenty eight year old Desmond McClure also was killed nearby in April.

Police have shut down "nuisance" nightclubs before.

ROGER GIBBENS, EAST 17TH ST. RESIDENT "Calls are made but the police can only do so much..so we're hoping that steps are being taken in order to alleviate the situation."

Tammy Hass, who lives near Emotion Event Hall has been one of the most outspoken critics.

TAMMY HASS, EAST 17TH ST. RESIDENT "I'd come out on the street at night when I'd hear the gunshots and you could see them all just scatter..jump in their cars ..and you know."

Tammy Hass is a business woman, who says she has another plan in mind if the city can't shut down the club.

TAMMY HASS "If it doesn't get any better, I may just go ahead and buy it...and that'll be the end of it..the problem is it's going to move to somewhere else."

If the city attorney's office finds evidence to support the police and neighbor complaints, that case would go before a local judge who could order the businesses closed.

Neighbors tell us the Emotion Event Hall on Dodds Avenue is actually owned by a Virginia investor.

The operator, identified as Dexter Staples, leases the building for parties and social occasions.


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MSnead - 7/26/2013 5:50 PM
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How dare these people complain. They are all a bunch of racists. Why Obama's son, Trayvon Martin Obama, would have enjoyed these little get togethers. Loud music, fighting, drugs, and guns? They are all part of “black culture”. It is racist to say that wanna be gangstas, like little Trayvon Martin Obama, can't enjoy these outings on a pleasant summer evening. Unfortunately, Chattanooga is filled to the brim with black families who enjoy church picnics, have little kids, and want some peace and quiet. As we have learned in the past six years, blacks who feel like that are racist too. So shut up, have a seat n the porch, and enjoy the foul language, drugs, and gun play of the “black culture”. And look up! You see the drones? You're getting your picture taken. Enjoy!
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