Request for Civil Action Against Club Ritz sign now

Dear Mayor Mallory and Council Members:

We are very disturbed by some of the elected officials actions on its continuous advocacy for Club Ritz. As elected officials who were voted in to speak for and work on behalf of those who put you there, you are not speaking on behalf of your constituency on this issue of shutting down Club Ritz.

Club Ritz is a public nuisance and a liability for the city of Cincinnati and the patrons who attend. After the high-profile murder of Mr. Philant Johnson, rapper T.I.s friend and assistant, and the negative national press this incident received, many Council Members were still making excuses to keep the club open. After a shoot-out on Valentines Day of this year, instead of Mayor Mallory launching an investigation and publicly condemning the club for its ongoing violence, he decided to visit Club Ritz, along with Jerry Springer (who was in town for a fundraiser) and Bill Cunningham to check it out for himself, and then issued a statement that the club was pretty quiet. Really? And now, 3 weeks after District 4 Police and the Roselawn Community Council strongly objected to renewing the liquor license of Club Ritz, Dexter Burroughs was murdered inside the club. Once again, instead of closing this establishment down, the Public Safety committee, chaired by Councilman Cecil Thomas, allowed the owners to explain what went wrong and how they plan to beef up security. Enough is enough! The owners of the club has had too many chances to get it right, yet they continue to fail. Lives are being lost due to their negligence.

Since the clubs liquor license has been renewed for the year, we, the citizens and visitors of Cincinnati, are requesting that you take civil action against Club Ritz to shut it down immediately. If Council Members are truly concerned about the residents in which they represent, and if the Public Safety committee is truly concerned about public safety, then Council will put an end to the disastrous establishment known as Club Ritz. We realize that Club Ritz is an alternative to keep young, African Americans out of downtown who might cause trouble, however, we dont want it in our neighborhoods either.

Our group Shut Down The Ritz Nightclub Facebook community members consists of a diverse population all of across the country, including current and former Cincinnatians, those who have family in the city, and those of us who are watching how the City handles this matter. We hope that you do the right thing by filing a civil action suit against Club Ritz to shut it down and to restore the image of the city and the confidence of those of us who are tied to the city of Cincinnati.

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Latest Signatures

  • 28 December 2015200. Tyler C
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015199. Dwaine B
    It's time for us as a people to stand up and do what is right,and that is shut the ritz down,Lets start here and anything else that is not doing us as a people any good let's do the same
  • 01 December 2015198. Teena D
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2015197. Pamela C
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015196. Johnnie L
    I support this petition
  • 29 October 2015195. Dana M
    I support this petition
  • 21 September 2015194. Lashonda Mcgeem
    please shut it down my child has been attacked in that club by the security they are something else and very shady group of men
  • 05 September 2015193. Sharon Rw
    Such a senseless act...stop spending money where it isn't needed and please focus on our children and young adults.
  • 01 August 2015192. Shannan R
    I support this petition
  • 01 August 2015191. Neil H
    I support this petition
  • 28 July 2015190. Tracey H
    Please close the Ritz's nightclub it is a dangerous place
  • 07 July 2015189. Jolanda M
    I support this petition
  • 21 June 2015188. Ceara G
    I support this petition
  • 06 June 2015187. Christopher H
    The Ritz's should of been closed years ago.
  • 24 May 2015186. Michelle S
    Shut the Ritz down!!!!
  • 19 May 2015185. Maurio D
    Shut this Club down ASAP....
  • 18 May 2015184. Stephanie I
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 2015183. Falecia B
    I support this petition
  • 08 May 2015182. Jennifer Yb
    I support this petition
  • 12 April 2015181. Kevin S
    I support this petition
  • 08 April 2015180. Keisha T
    I support this petition
  • 03 April 2015179. Veronica B
    I support this petition
  • 10 March 2015178. Cartrina F
    we no and the city no that this club need and should be closed down the question is why have it not been this makes you wonder whose is in who pocket what is there reasons for keeping this place open i dont understand lets just say if you want your child
  • 25 January 2015177. Faith D
    close club ritz
  • 20 January 2015176. Rebeccqa G
    close it down!!!!
  • 23 December 2014175. Antoine W
    man the ritz is a death trap. anybody club that let people get guns in for a lil extra money is some not safe!!!
  • 22 December 2014174. Falana W
    I support this petition

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Cincinnati City Council and Mayor


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