Were the Mr. Black arrests warranted?
To avoid any complications with their case, should there be one, we have agreed not to release our source's identity or their job title at Mr. Blacks.
Police tell gaysocialites.blog that they arrested 17 employees and 15 patrons at Mr. Black on Saturday morning. An NYPD spokesperson has confirmed that none of the 17 staff members appeared to be dealing or using drugs. Cops say they brought the entire staff in for "criminal nuisance."
This means that cops feel like the staff didn't do anything to prevent the drug users and dealers from breaking the law. The staff member who spoke with gaysocialites.blog said he feels like the cops crossed the line.
"Is it really my responsibility to baby sit everyone who comes to the club? If there was a drug raid at a fast food restaurant would the fry guy go to jail... I don't think so," he says.
I would have to agree with him. When I'm promoting events at clubs, I don't feel like it is my responsibility to make sure everyone is obeying the law.
The NYPD's argument seems to be that the drugs were so blatant that they had to do something, but was arresting everyone the right thing to do? Our source doesn't think so.
"First, there weren't drugs everywhere like the cops made it seem," our source explains. "I'm sure there were people doing and selling drugs there, but it is basically like that everywhere you go."
"I would be lying if I said I didn't see people do drugs there, but I have seen people do drugs at just about every club I go to," he added.
So why were the 17 Mr. Black workers arrested? They seem to believe it was to send out a message of intolerance.
"We all knew they [the cops] were trying to make an example out of us. We weren't treated fairly, and we shouldn't have been the ones held accountable for what others were doing inside the club," our source says. "We were treated worse than the people they busted selling drugs. I just wasn't fair."
Police released all of the staff members on Sunday. The District Attorney simply didn't have enough proof to prosecute these 17 staff members.
If I were in their shoes, I would probably consider a lawsuit against the NYPD.
Criminal nuisance is not a cut and dry law. There is a lot of gray area, but as I best understand it the law is generally used to punish management and owners for harboring those who are breaking the law... not the whole staff!
I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this. Cops also tell us today that most of those 15 people who were arrested for drug possession were not charged by the District Attorney's office either.
Looks like this drug bust is turning out to be a bust for the NYPD altogether.
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