One of the largest drivers of violent crime and shootings in the Northeast sector of Hartford is and has ben, the West Indian Social Club. Three more shootings took place there this past weekend. This is unacceptable and can't be tolerated by a City that is trying to curb its gun violence.
Another troubling factor is that Police resources are being stripped from other neighborhoods in the City to fill the "North Main Detail" every weekend. These are resources that should remain in the neighborhoods where they are assigned to provide stability and police protection that the Community thinks they are getting.
The West Indian Social Club should not be allowed to continue to operate driving violence as they have been.
It is time for the City and the Police Department to step up and demand that the Club start hiring a police detail every weekend at their expense to start being part of the solution rather than a major contributor to the problem. It is also time that Mayor Segarra and Chief Rovella take a strong stand that the behavior taking place on Upper Main Street is unacceptable.
In addition to hiring Police Officers at their expense rather than the residents of Hartford, The Fire Marshall, The State Liquor Control Inspectors and License and Inspections should all become regular visitors to the Weekend Chaos on North Main.
There is a big difference between being a Community asset and a community nuisance.