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Mayor: No new complaints on Capital City Bar

Milledgeville Mayor Gary Thrower believes the turmoil surrounding a controversial bar has simmered down.

For the past 8 months, we've reported on complaints from individuals saying Capital City Bar discriminates against black people.

Tuesday night, Thrower told us the city has not heard any complaints or plans for protests recently.

"We've gone to the owner and asked him to make sure these kinds of practices weren't followed, and to my knowledge, things are working better," said Thrower.

Last year, several Georgia College students and Milledgeville locals came forward, accusing the bar of using dress codes to restrict blacks from entering.

In October, they asked council member to adopt a non-discrimination policy within liquor licenses.

The rule would give the city power to revoke a business's liquor license if they're found discriminating against someone's gender or race.

Mayor Thrower says he does not see the city adopting the clause because authorities wouldn't be able to enforce it,

"I just don't feel like it's our place, and we don't have the power necessarily to monitor every situation," said Thrower.

Meanwhile councilman Walter Reynolds wants to see the rule placed on liquor licenses.

"Whether it's enforceable, that remains to be seen, but I do think it will be beneficial for us to actually take a formal stance to say that we don't appreciate or allow this sort of behavior," said Reynolds.

Both Reynolds and Thrower agree that those who feel discriminated against, should take their case to the Department of Justice. 



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