Civil Liberty Groups Decry New SF Nightclub Rules

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    Jelly's Dance Cafe was recently the scene of violent activity. Photo: Thomas Hawk

    A proposal by a San Francisco city commission to curb nightclub violence has some civil rights organizations calling foul.

    The San Francisco Entertainment Commission met Tuesday to discuss proposed regulations that would forced nightclubs to use metal detectors and security cameras to monitor its patrons.

    Clubs would also be required to have an added police presence to help cut down a recent spat in violence.

    But the rules proposed under former Mayor Gavin Newsom are being met with cries that they would violate civil liberties by some groups.

    The San Francisco Examiner reports that groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation say the rules would “pose a grave threat to the rights of freedom of association, due process, and privacy.”

    The issue is still being discussed.