Minneapolis asks Karma nightclub to close for 90 days

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June 6, 2011 // UPDATED 1:10 pm - June 6, 2011
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

Because of ongoing problems in and around the club, Minneapolis has declared the Karma nightclub a public nuisance and asked the venue to close for 90 days. The city is also evaluating Karma’s application for renewal of its liquor license and will issue a recommendation to the City Council soon.

 

Karma, located at 315 First Avenue N, has been been the source of 165 police calls since January 2010. Crimes committed in and around Karma include felony and misdemeanor assaults, robbery and other disturbances. A press release from the city mentions that amongst those assaulted at the club are police officers.

 

The city is recommending that the club close immediately for 90 days as part of a nuisance-abatement plan. The club was first served with a Notice of Public Nuisance on May 5, and the club has until tomorrow to respond.

 

However, it appears that Karma does not intend to close voluntarily.

 

Karma declined to comment for this story, but a representative for the club told KSTP on Friday that the management had no plans to agree to the city’s plan. However, several changes will reportedly be made immediately to address safety concerns. Amongst those changes are a complete removal of glassware from the club, electronic scanning of photo IDS and more visible clothing for security. The club is also asking that off-duty police officers working as security have either gang or violent offender training.

 

Despite the incidents of violence at Karma, the Minneapolis Police Department is stressing that Downtown remains a safe place overall. Violent crime has dropped 12% this year compared to the same time last year, with a 3% year-over-year reduction within the Downtown Improvement District (DID). The decline follows an 11% reduction of violent crime within the DID in 2010 compared to 2009.