A series of violent crimes – including the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl in a Washington, D.C., club and the murders of two young women after they left Manhattan nightspots – is leading lawmakers to pass or consider tougher security measures for bars and clubs, reports USA Today. The New York City Council required security cameras at entrances and exits of dozens of bars and clubs and gave officials the power to close businesses selling fake IDs by expanding a law that previously applied only to locations involved in prostitution and drug dealing. The new laws apply to the roughly 200 bars and clubs that have cabaret licenses, which allow dancing.
Those measures and others, including a new law that allows city officials to close businesses that hire unlicensed bouncers, were spurred by the murder of Imette St. Guillen, a 24-year-old student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who was killed in February 2006 after she left a Manhattan bar. A bouncer has been indicted for the crime, which captured headlines and riveted the city’s attention. Five months later, another woman, 18-year-old Jennifer Moore, was killed after she left a Manhattan nightclub.