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Teen club putting strain on police resources

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It took 40 Birmingham police officers, all of Homewood's police force and several Jefferson County deputies to get the scene under control at the Continental Ballroom after a shooting Saturday night. It took 40 Birmingham police officers, all of Homewood's police force and several Jefferson County deputies to get the scene under control at the Continental Ballroom after a shooting Saturday night.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A teen hot spot in Birmingham that was the scene of a shooting is now coming under scrutiny by city leaders.

Hundreds of teenagers were at Continental Ballroom Saturday night when one of them was shot.

Birmingham's Public Safety Committee has scheduled a revocation hearing for April 22 because they want the club shut down. The club owner will have to explain to council why the license should not be revoked.

In addition to the number of incidents happening at the club that police are having to respond to, there are disturbing videos on this nightclub's Facebook page.

Video of what appears to be young women giving lap dances to men is posted on Continental Ballroom's Facebook page. The video was posted to promote what they tout as their "Valentines Freak Fest" which was a party for teenagers.

"What they were advertising to underage was, to say the least, a porn," Birmingham City Council Member Kim Raffert

Rafferty showed the video to other council members at Monday's public safety meeting.

This isn't the club's first time to be in trouble with the city. In 2010, the city revoked its license after police testified it was a death trap. But in recent months they reopened under a different promoter.

"We started getting information before Christmas of last year and we tried to shut them down then," said Rafferty.

Since Christmas, police say there have been a number of incidents. Shots were fired during the Valentines party, then again on March 22 and on Saturday when a teen was shot. It took 40 Birmingham officers, all of Homewood's police force and several Jefferson County sheriff's deputies to get the scene under control as 700 teens rushed out of the club.

Lt. Ken Atkinson with Homewood police said these incidents are putting a strain on their resources since the club is located outside their city lines.

"Whenever they came running across to our side, there were several businesses that had windows busted out, the store over there was looted. The Texaco gas station they destroyed stuff inside grabbing stuff and running out," said Lt. Atkinson.

The revocation hearing will not take place before the club's next scheduled party. On April 18 the club is advertising its "Light Out Twerk and Glow in Da Dark Party."

The city is being advised they cannot just shut down the party, they must wait for the hearing.

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