In these short video clips, Morristown council members debate the need for the Dark Horse Lounge to hire an off-duty cop, and the precedent of such a requirement.
“It gets ugly,” Councilman Michael Elms said of closing time outside the Dark Horse.
The council ultimately voted 5-1 to impose the condition from midnight to 2 am, Thursdays through Saturdays. Councilwoman Michelle Dupree Harris cast the lone dissenting vote, saying she wanted input from the police. Councilwoman Raline Smith-Reid was absent.
This Aug. 13, 2014, vote followed a 6-0 decision to renew the license of Sona Thirteen without mandating any police moonlighting.