A bouncer who broke up a fight at a popular Scottsdale night club was stabbed on the job. This past weekend, 27-year-old ASU alum Tyrice Thompson died as a result of his injuries.
What happened is serving as a wake-up call, especially to the mayor of Scottsdale. The mayor issued a call for action as a direct result of that stabbing.
Jim Lane is asking for business owners, city leaders and Scottsdale police to start discussions about safety protocol inside the entertainment district.
Approximately 8 million people visit the city of Scottsdale annually. On any given Friday or Saturday night, as many as 20,000 enjoy the bar scene downtown. A scene recently marred with high profile violence.
Actor Jason London was arrested on January 27th for his involvement in a fight at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale.
On that same night in a separate incident, bouncer Tyrice Thompson was stabbed during an altercation and eventually died as a result.
"We want to make sure that we look at these things seriously and make sure that we are doing the best possible job we can with all the resources that we have," said Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane on Monday.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane wants to know if a five step security plan put into place about 15 years ago needs to be updated -- or if establishments need to submit their plan more than once as is currently required.
"It makes altogether good sense if you're going to have a security plan, which we do, that we are looking at it from time to time."
"I think it needs to be reviewed to make sure it's being kept up to what our promises are to the city with our plans," said Les Corieri, president of the Scottsdale Entertainment Downtown Association.
Les Corieri is a downtown Scottsdale bar owner. Corieri says the 20 or so businesses he represents are ready to do what it takes to provide tighter security for patrons and employees, to prevent a senseless tragedy like the one that took Tyrice Thompson's life.
"I've been down here for nearly thirty years and this has never happened before. For it to happen once is too many but it hasn't happened before so this is very isolated."
The mayor says he also wants to look at the ratio of security officers to patrons, and the idea of requiring security cameras at all bars.
The meeting is set for Monday. It's open only to bar owners and police, but the mayor says city council might be asked to join in the future.
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