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War of Words Breaks Out During Press Conference About Violence

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City leaders and local business owners held a press conference to address the issue of violence, specifically on the south end. But during that conference, a war of words broke out between councilwoman Denise Moore and a business partner with Dream Night Club.

Councilwoman Denise Moore was answering questions from reporters when club partner Mailika Bracey interrupted her. Moore was answering a question about whether or not she wanted the club closed -- after saying she did not want to see it closed, Bracey spoke up.

"My goal has been to have this club owner take responsibility," said Moore.

Bracey interjected saying, "Why are we having a press conference in front of this club and it is the 24th homicide?"

Bracey continued and wanted to make it clear that Dream is doing everything it can to keep its customers and business safe."

"But this is what I'm saying, things happen all over town, and we at Dream Night Club, we are sorry that this happened, this was my friend, my daughter was there, she could have been shot walking out," added Bracey.

The back and forth continued, and activists Terry Burnside and Chama St. Louis, who were both at the press conference, began to argue about what the councilwoman had originally said.

While Dream Night Club felt they were being blamed, Councilwoman Moore says her intention was not to close or blame the club, she wants to have everyone in the city take responsibility.

Andy Weber

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