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May 17, 2010 9:53 PM by Matt Stafford

Another downtown bar may lose liquor license

One of the most popular nightclubs in downtown Colorado Springs is in
jeopardy of losing it's liquor license.

You may remember, back in March, Syn nightclub lost its license following several violent incidents there. The latest was a massive fight that took 22 officers to get under control.

This time it's Cowboys getting a closer look.

On a Monday afternoon at Cowboys downtown, employees are probably getting ready for another evening of customers. They're also looking ahead to a meeting at City Hall, this Friday, with the liquor board.

The club's liquor license could be taken away because of a night in March.

"I guess a busy night," says Sgt. Steve Noblitt with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Springs Police dealt with a couple of incidents involving the club.

"Assault on one of the patrons and we had incidents where we charged someone with underage drinking who had indicated that they had been drinking at Cowboys." Sgt. Noblitt says.

Vince Linden, the attorney for Cowboys' owner, wouldn't go on camera, but says his client denies the allegations. Linden also says he has no doubt Cowboys' good name will be restored.

Sgt. Noblitt concedes these claims aren't from just any night; it was St. Patrick's Day. That's not an excuse, but it can make a busy night even busier.

"These types of holidays there's going to be a lot of people out there, a lot going on and stress levels are going to be pretty high," Noblitt explains.

Sgt. Noblitt says officers saw the result of that when they witnessed the assault. He says a bouncer was rough with a patron.

"In the officer's opinion, just used a little too much force to get that job done." Sgt. Noblitt explains.

He says with as many officers as C.S.P.D. is committing to downtown, a bouncer should never have to be that forceful.

"That's the kind of stuff we want to avoid." says Sgt. Noblitt.

For now, Cowboys will try to avoid losing their liquor license. The hearing is set for Friday at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers.

 

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