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Birmingham City Council reviewing policies, ordinances after weekend Foxx Trap shooting

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City Council members hold news conference outside Foxx Trap City Council members hold news conference outside Foxx Trap
The Birmingham City Council is speaking out after a deadly shooting at a club over the weekend.

Early Saturday morning, Birmingham police responded to a shooting at the Foxx Trap Gentleman's Club. Police say one of the club's security guards was shot and killed by another guard who was an off-duty Birmingham police officer.

The Birmingham City Council President, Johnathan Austin, says this is exactly what they tried to prevent.

"We made a decision on Tuesday that we needed to close this establishment down because we thought that the threat of someone losing their life was imminent,” Austin explained. 

But after the Birmingham City Council voted to close the establishment, a Jefferson County Court Judge granted the owners a temporary restraining order that allowed the club to stay open. 

"There seems to be a communication gap between what it is we do as a legislative body and what happened in judicial system across the way over at the Jefferson County Courthouse,” City Councilman Steven Hoyt said.

Now, the City Council is trying to figure out how they can stop this from happening again. 

At a news conference today, Council members said they’re going to start by reviewing policies and ordinances already in place.  Councilman Hoyt says their main focus will be on how they regulate establishments like the Foxx Trap. 

"We're not here to cut out commerce, but commerce cannot be at the expense of quality of life." 

The City Council says they also want to review a policy that involves off-duty police officers being allowed to work in uniform at establishments like the Foxx Trap. Right now, that's an internal policy with the Birmingham Police Department.

"We're not trying to stop the police from making extra money. We're trying to keep the police safe as well as the citizens in Birmingham,” explained City Councilwoman Sheila Tyson. 

This weekend’s shooting is under investigation. Because it involves a police officer, it's being handled by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

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