Newark Late Night Dining Fails to Get Safer

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

You have seen those ads for restaurants advertising late night hours. Some eateries are even open until 3 a.m., but there are also a number of people who do not feel the safest eating out at such late hours. For those in Newark, New York, Mayor Cory Booker just stole away any chances of feeling safer at some area restaurants.

NBC News New York reports that  a few weeks ago “an off-duty police officer was killed in a drive-by shooting as he waited for his food at a late-night pizza place.” After this incident occurred, the City Council approved efforts to implement a requirement that late-night restaurants have armed security guards on duty at establishments that serve less than 20 people. From there, the proposal was passed on to Cory Booker, the Newark mayor.

One would think that after the tragic death of the off-duty police officer that Booker would have approved the new law requiring armed security at late-night eateries. On Tuesday, however, it was announced that Booker vetoed the proposal. According to NBC News, Booker backed up his decision saying that those types of eateries “are only linked to 2 percent of all violent crime in Newark. He also said the ordinance would leave the city vulnerable to lawsuits and force the eateries to incur extra costs.” NBC News adds that “it wasn’t clear Tuesday night if council members would seek to override Booker’s veto.”

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.

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