Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter, who signed off on a court-ordered settlement that reopened Beale Street Club 152 on May 24, is upset after someone was stabbed inside the club.
Police say the incident took place at around 2 a.m. on May 26. The woman was dancing with her friend when a fight broke out. She was treated at The MED after suffering a stab wound to the thigh. She was either stabbed with a knife or razor blade.
Woman stabbed at reopened Club 152
"Well I certainly was not happy, let's put it that way," he told FOX13 News on Tuesday. "Like I said, my preference is there would never be any sort of violence that would occur in that club or any other club in this city."
Judge Potter said it's up to District Attorney General Amy Weirich's office and Memphis Police to decide whether the club has been in violation of the settlement.
The stabbing, though, calls for attention the judge said. The county is keeping a watch on the popular Beale Street nightspot.
He made his decision to reopen the club after reviewing the facts. According to the settlement agreement, Club 152 agreed to fire workers involved in any criminal activity, enforce random employee drug screenings, and criminal background checks.
The court has a one-year supervision over the club. However, Judge Potter said if there's continued violence then they'll need to rethink their actions.
"I've never second guessed myself," he said. "I make a decision that I believe is right on the front end based up on the facts that are given to me. I review those and then make a decision and never look back. No, I don't regret what I did. I regret what happened that there was an act of violence."
Judge Potter allowed Club 152 to reopen after being forced closed May 15 from a drug raid. The Western Tennessee Drug Task Force and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office closed the club after an investigation found rampid drugs and violence.
If you can assist police in identifying the culprit who stabbed the woman, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.
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