Massive street racing event in St. Louis under investigation

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ST. LOUIS — St. Louis officials are speaking out after a weekend of bad behavior tied to a large-scale street racing event and a restaurant that was recently declared a public nuisance.

The city’s Downtown Public Safety and Engagement Initiative had ordered Reign closed, but the Washington Avenue business is facing more problems.

“We informed the public of the closure. They don’t have a liquor license. The business was posted with a nuisance abatement order and no occupancy permit,” said Dan Isom, acting director of public safety for the city.

Just a week after authorities ordered Reign to close for a year for public nuisance, the nightclub violated the orders by holding an event Friday night.

“No arrests were made on Friday, no summonses have been issued to the business since we eased the closure, and the City Councilman’s office is assessing the next steps in the case and continues to keep the public informed,” Isom said.

The decision came after a public nuisance abatement hearing on September 20, in which police linked a string of shootings and assaults to Reign in August and early September.

Reign’s liquor license was suspended after video evidence emerged of a shooting that took place in December 2020.

Also over the weekend, authorities said a group called Circle St Louis held a regional street racing event via social media with nearly 500 participants. Police identified some participants via videos and photos.

“I want to make it clear that this behavior that this group has engaged in is dangerous and has heavily taxed the officers who responded throughout the night,” Isom said. “We will…deal with these events as they arise in the future.”

Reign will face another city hearing next Thursday for the recent violations.

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