Cops Raid The DL in Coordinated Multi-Agency ‘MARCH’ Sting, Cite 36 Violations

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 at 5:00 am by

For The DL, the beginning of the end could be nigh. There was a major multi-agency sting against the rowdy, problematic nightclub Friday evening.

The raid came as response to neighborhood outcry over recent violence at The DL. But specifically the block-long brawl that went down during an all-day brunch event hosted by problematic promoter KevBDU on April 22. To recap, the altercation began with two women hitting each other, one of whom was violently pushed to the ground. The mob then migrated down Ludlow Street to the doorstep (literally) of Hotel Chantelle, where fisticuffs erupted between other bar-goers.

At the time, 7th Precinct commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, promised that he would come down hard, noting that “The DL does not have the best interests of the community [in mind].”

As a a result, the 7th Precinct coordinated a raid during happy hour (i.e. 6pm) that resulted in 36 violations. The impromptu inspection reportedly fell under the Giuliani-era program, code-named Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots (MARCH), whereby city and state authorities (NYPD, SLA, DOH, DOB, etc.) collaborate to visit establishments with documented complaint history.

The DL was raided on April 28

“[We acted] due to the recent incidents, the community’s concerns, and the establishment’s disregard for following proper guidelines pertaining to various agencies’ agreed stipulations,” Hellman said in a comment. “It was a joint effort amongst all agencies that expressed concerns to me.”

It’s unclear, however, why The DL was raided at that time and not during the overnight hours for maximum impact.

“I will follow up with the establishment to make sure they adhere to what was in violation,” Hellman said. “Any establishment that doesn’t have the community and its patrons safety and best interests will have the same swift response.”

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