Problems at the club escalated when the club owner laid off various police officers who were moonlighting as security guards.
“To understand why the Wichita Police Department chose to deploy tear gas on over 1,000 people outside and inside of a popular dance club on Thanksgiving night, and why this was an act of terrorism, one must first examine the socioeconomic and political factors surrounding Old Town, Wichita’s entertainment district.
According to the Old Town Association, a committee of business owners in the district, Old Town businesses generate over $50 million, annually.
The club that was tear gassed, Doc Howard’s, is located directly in-between two very posh hotels, the Hotel at Old Town and the Courtyard Marriott….
In September, the Wichita City Council passed a series of ordinances after a spate of incidents in Old Town. T
he ordinances gave police more power to cite people not leaving the area fast enough, added more cameras and reworded an ordinance determining which clubs can cater to customers who are adults, but not yet at the legal drinking age, which, in Kansas, is 21.
These ordinances were lobbied for by the Old Town Association, and opposed by the owners of Doc Howard’s.
The problem with these ordinances is that they do little to address the actual problem.
The ordinances require club owners to provide security outside their clubs, and particularly in adjacent parking lots.”
The article includes videos from security cameras