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Mpls. Seeking To Take Away Karma’s Liquor License

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis officials are seeking non-renewal of the night club Karma’s liquor license.

On Friday, the City filed a notice with the state Office of Administrative Hearings, which will set a hearing on the renewal of the club’s liquor license.

At the hearing, both sides will present evidence and, after the meeting, the Administrative Law Judge will make a recommendation to the City Council whether or not it has grounds to refuse to renew the club’s liquor license. The process could take several months.

Since January 2010, the Karma night club in Minneapolis has been the source of 165 police calls for service.

Crimes reported to have been committed in and around the club, located at 315 First Avenue North, are felony and misdemeanor assaults, including assaults against officers, and robberies, according to officials.

Despite the calls for service in and around Karma, downtown Minneapolis remains safe overall and violent crime is dropping, according to city officials.

At Karma’s closing time, the Minneapolis Police Department routinely dedicates 12 patrol officers and 4 to 5 mounted officers to ensuring the safety of patrons and pedestrians nearby.

The police will continue to monitor Karma closely.

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