Shreveport Downtown Development Authority Responds to Viral Videos
Recent postings of videos taken of partiers in downtown Shreveport dancing on vehicles, blocking streets, and generally being disruptive have gone viral. As a lot of people work hard to try to make downtown Shreveport a vital, desirable, and safe place to work and live, it's embarrassing to have this type behavior take place.
Shreveport City Councilman Grayson Boucher posted:
It’s time for the Mayor and the Police Chief to enforce the noise ordinances that have been the root of this issues for months. It’s time for the fire chief and fire marshal to enforce occupancy ordinances in these bars. Come on. We can do better than this.
Director of the Downtown Develpment Authority, Liz Swaine, released a public statement concerning the videos.
The Downtown Development Authority is aware of the social media videos taken in the Downtown ‘Club District’ and the shooting in the 700 block of Cotton Street.
We have been in contact with the Shreveport Police Department, City Administration, the City Council and others about both situations.
We will work to partner in whatever way that we can to assist SPD in the shooting investigation.
Regarding the general mayhem in the club district videos, we have asked city officials to consider the underlying reasons persons coming downtown believe these actions are acceptable. We have asked the City to leave all options on the table when dealing with a variety of noise ordinance, alcohol ordinance, public nuisance, and other potential violations and to be willing to work to revoke alcohol licenses of any business encouraging such activity.
The DDA will encourage and support any legal and responsible ways to improve both the feeling of safety and actual safety of our beautiful and historic city center.
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