EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The El Paso Police Division mentioned violent crime is down within the Cincinnati Leisure District and adjustments are coming to the energetic block.
EPPD mentioned the block noticed much less violent crime during the last month due to an elevated presence in regulation enforcement.
EPPD Lt. Shields, whose first identify has been withheld for safety, informed members of the town’s Uptown Parking Profit District that there’s a security “saturation” effort, not simply within the Cincinnati space, however in leisure areas throughout the town.
Since late April, police have made seven felony arrests, all associated to medication, Shields mentioned. Additionally, one particular person was arrested on a warrant.
Police have additionally accounted for 101 parking citations, 50 traffic-related tickets and 102 topic checks. Officers have additionally searched 111 autos.
Shields talked about police are nonetheless seeing motorists driving on the unsuitable facet of the road however a committee member rapidly identified it has been a problem for 30 years.
“Violent crime has been down and that’s actually good,” she mentioned.
Along with the decrease crime experiences, there are some adjustments proposed for the Cincinnati space.
A advisor is wanting into sprucing up the realm with options from the committee. These embrace no parking in alleyways, in addition to one-way alleys and making the streets pedestrian-only after 6 p.m.
There are additionally proposals to incorporate ornamental lighting, planters, art work, floor remedy and freshly painted telephone traces.
The information was welcomed by members of the parking district who had heard complaints from the group about crime and noise earlier this yr.
Companies alongside Cincinnati Avenue drew criticism from the general public because of incidents of violence and noise as business exercise got here again to life. The storefronts and bars had been sleepy for over a yr because of state and metropolis mandates through the COVID-19 pandemic.
However issues are wanting up for the so-called leisure district as revenues collected from parking meters mirror extra enterprise coming in in comparison with final yr. In all, the Uptown Parking Profit District has $52,273 to spare for safety and enchancment efforts, in response to metropolis paperwork.
Enterprise homeowners on the committee and police agreed progress has been made on noise mitigation within the space. They famous the Misplaced and Discovered bar had setup a noise barrier and dialed again the amount of music.
“We nonetheless have complaints. What the officers are telling me is just not anyplace close to as unhealthy because it was like earlier than that wall was constructed,” she mentioned.
However Shields mentioned efforts to crack down on crime in sure areas of the town has pushed a “prison aspect” to different bars and places. It’s an excellent and unhealthy factor, she informed the committee.
She named El Rey Muerto and El Paso Drafthouse, each on N. Mesa, as the place the police is displaying extra consideration.
Enterprise proprietor responds to police eying exercise at his places
Justin Kaufman, the proprietor of El Rey Muerto and El Paso Drafthouse, had sturdy phrases for the police’s remarks through the assembly final week. He mentioned he feels most police do an excellent job and are dedicated to the group.
However he mentioned that his institutions have gotten the unsuitable consideration from authorities.
“El Paso Drafthouse has had one false declare, the place somebody supposedly mentioned there was somebody with a gun, and a 50 particular person struggle,” Kaufman mentioned. “There was not one harm reported and it was all false data. It was poorly given data and miscommunication by the polcie to the information.”
A spokesman for the police division mentioned their patrolmen have been alerted of a potential lively shooter and that calls have been made to 911 from individuals “to incorporate worker(s) from contained in the bar who reported photographs fired.”
“Descriptions of the shooter relayed to responding patrol officers as relayed by dispatch from the callers was that of a black male,” the spokesman wrote. “The data shared on social media was of paramount significance within the curiosity of public security solely.”
Kaufman says his institutions present protected and managed environments and questions why dispatched to his institution on Could 2.
“The fact is, there are folks in excessive locations who don’t like black folks to have a spot to drink at,” he mentioned. “There’s a handful of police who haven’t preferred what I do, particularly as a result of we wish to host issues for the city group. There are racist cops on the police drive. The fact is, there are folks in excessive locations who don’t like black folks to have a spot to drink at.”
The police spokesman dismissed Kaufman’s remarks.
“To suggest or assert something apart from that as the premise of the police response is just not solely absurdly ludicrous but in addition a reprehensibly irresponsible scapegoat assertion to resort to within the absence of getting any official substance to face on,” he mentioned.