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Barbara Gauntt, Clarion-Ledger
M-Bar Sports Grill has donated more than $16,000 worth of technology to the Jackson Police Department to help deter crime and enhance community safety.
High-definition surveillance cameras given to police by Richard Bradley, founder and owner of M-Bar Sports Grill, will connect to the city’s Real Time Command Center, according to a news release.
Jackson Police Chief James Davis said the cameras will help to keep a watchful eye on the County Line Road area of northeast Jackson near M-Bar Sports Grill, 6340 Ridgewood Court Drive.
The wireless, infrared cameras will be powered by streetlights and are capable of video analytics, license plate recognition, and monitoring and surveillance.
“We are thrilled to partner with M-Bar and its leadership to fight crime in every corner of our city,” Davis said.
The M-Bar donation to Jackson police comes after several violent incidents at the restaurant and bar this year.
Jackson police linked a homicide that occurred on Way Drive to a January argument over an M-Bar parking spot.
In March, a fight inside the club spilled out into the parking lot, where an early morning shootout occurred between two groups. Christopher Moncure, 30, an innocent bystander, was killed.
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A shooting inside the club on July 4, 2020 led to the death of 41-year-old Cortez Shelby. Three others were sent to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
“Our top priorities are the safety, security and well-being of our community, and we are 100% committed to stopping crime in its tracks,” Bradley said in a news release. “Crime is on an upsurge, and we will use all resources to combat it.”
M-Bar also donated $4,000 in laptops, desktop wireless printers and array of school supplies to Jackson Public Schools in August.
In July, M-Bar announced an outdoor expansion behind its venue with an outdoor amphitheater and stage for live music, a beer garden with more than 20 beers on tap, a game field for cornhole, fountains and waterfalls and string lighting. The estimated cost is between $8 to $10 million.
The sports grill is tripling its number of security guards and shortening hours of operation during the week, the news release stated.