St. Louis nightclubs face crackdown

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 7:30 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis city leaders are threatening to pull liquor licenses for three downtown nightclubs following a series of violent incidents.

KTVI-TV reports the clubs are fighting back, claiming the action is racially motivated and aimed at keeping black people out of downtown.

A series of shootings happened within a block of the clubs Sunday night. In addition to the city's action, the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis has begun a petition drive that also could lead to a hearing.

One of the clubs, Club Fifteen, is owned by former Cardinals star and current Milwaukee Brewer Jim Edmonds. Club Fifteen says in a statement that it has provided a safe experience for thousands of people and should not be grouped with the other clubs.

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