Police to work with clubs to curb violence 

In the wake of late-night violence at and around nightclubs, police will appoint an officer in each neighborhood to serve as a liaison to venues and other events under a new security plan being drafted by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Police Department.

The new plan, which is scheduled to be on Newsom’s desk Sept. 1, will aggressively target nightclub violence that’s rocked the community in the past year, including stabbings, shootings and gang fights.

The mayor and the Police Department remained tight-lipped about details of the plan, only saying that it will tighten enforcement not just at nightclubs but in the immediate areas surrounding them, including parking lots and sidewalks, where much of the violence has occurred.

“You have a lot of parking lots out there that have lousy lighting with no security and there are incidents that are never recorded,” Newsom said. “And a lot of fights are happening in and around the parking lots. There is a lot of drinking.”

The plan started to gel after the Aug. 8 shooting of Mechthild Schröer, 50, of Minden, Germany, who was killed after a barrage of bullets was unleashed along the 400 block of Mason Street, a strip swarming with tourists.

In that incident, gunfire started on the sidewalk outside a venue where a teen summer party had been held.

The mayor discussed parts of the plan the same week Jelly’s started fighting an eviction after 39-year-old Lee Farley, a Richmond resident, was shot and killed outside the club July 11.

Cmdr. Kitt Crenshaw said the department is 85 percent done with the security plan, which calls for police officers at each district station to specifically deal with nightclubs, promoters and other party events when it comes to crowds and enforcement issues. Crenshaw said one of the biggest problems is that there’s not a designated officer in each neighborhood to communicate with clubs and help pre-empt any potential safety issues.

“There is no standing procedure to deal with clubs,” Crenshaw said. “There is legislation that we need to enforce, and we really do not do an adequate job of going after loitering around clubs.”

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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