City, AL Post 3 come to an agreement

Published 7:03 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Age limits, restrictions on alcohol consumption, a curfew and extra security are among the conditions listed in an agreement between the city of Vicksburg and representatives of American Legion Post 3.

The agreement is the result of a meeting between Mayor George Flaggs Jr., Police Chief Milton Moore and Post representatives that was called after a 16 year-old boy was shot in the arm Sept. 3 in the Monroe Street area where a party at the Post was breaking up. The Post was closed by the city but later allowed to reopen for bingo Sept. 4.

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“It was a very productive meeting; they were very receptive to this, and the American Legion made a point they want to do everything they can to assist Chief Moore and make sure the public is safe in Vicksburg,” Flaggs said Monday after the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the agreement.

Carl Baker, a former post commander, declined to comment on the agreement.

Under the agreement, the Legion will restrict the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages during events to the Post’s lounge, and no one under the age of 25 will be allowed at any event where alcohol is served. Post members, not the promoter or the tenant, will check identification at the door.

Events will end at 1:30 a.m., and patrons will leave the property; the Post will provide additional security cameras at the entrance and will have a minimum of five security guards at the events. One guard must by a woman, and security will screen each person entering the hall with a hand-held metal detector.

Anyone leaving the event and returning will have to be screened again by security and pay another entrance fee.

Flaggs said city officials will close any business where a shooting occurs until a memorandum of understanding is reached, “(Because) it is the establishment’s, the property owner’s, responsibility to make certain their property or establishment is safe for the public.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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