Liquor licenses are granted by the state based on a community’s population. Some, like Somerville, have tried and failed to persuade the Legislature to remove the cap.
Brockton has a different kind of get-tough initiative in mind: a home-rule petition that would allow its police chief to immediately shut down an establishment for public safety, rather than having to wait for a meeting of the city’s License Commission.
The proposal, which needs city and state approval, was initiated by City Council President Thomas Brophy, prompted in part by a June death outside a troubled city bar whose owners did not face consequences until several months later, officials said.
Councilor Thomas Monahan of Ward 4 said the proposal, which is still under development, would serve as an emergency tool in situations like a riot in a bar.
“Basically, we want the power in extreme circumstances to say: ‘We are shutting you down. This is ridiculous,’ ” he said.
Mahony, the ABCC investigator, said he backs the Brockton proposal.
“I would support it wholeheartedly,’’ he said. “Police in any community are on the front line, and if you see people being hospitalized up to the point of fatalities you have to look at what the bar is doing to prevent that.”
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