Denver Direct: Zona’s Busted
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Has the Denver Police Department lost its mind? Zona’s, exactly at the intersection of the streets that define the Five Points neighborhood, is an institution not to be trifled with. I speak with some authority as I owned property and lived a mere 2 blocks away from Zona’s for 22 years.
And hauling away Zona Moore, aged 84, in an ambulance, for selling cigarettes from an open pack? When was this crazy law against poor people passed? Cigarettes have always been sold individually in every poor neighborhood I’ve ever lived in. And a three-day eviction notice? If they are shutting it down as a public nuisance, it may take longer. It took us three years to get one shut down at 26th and California.
This from the email stream:
Just a heads up that Zona’s was shut down by DPD District 6 today around 4pm. Lt. Cmdr Davis gave me a heads up that they’d been engaged in an undercover operation that culminated in today’s arrest of Zona and several of her staff. The arrests were based on purchases by undercover police of drugs, illegal individual cigarettes, and stolen audio equipment.
Lt. Cmndr Davis said the property was targeted as a nuisance and would not likely be reopening…she will continue to keep me informed.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT RALLY FOR MS. ZONA MOORE
PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT MS. ZONA, A DENVER FIVE POINTS ICON, AND OWNER OF ZONA’S!
MS. ZONA, AN 84 YEAR OLD MATRIARCH WAS ARRESTED ON THURSDAY, JULY 22 FOR ALLEGEDLY SELLING SINGLE CIGARETTES. SHE HAS ALSO BEEN GIVEN A THREE DAY NOTICE TO VACATE HER BUSINESS!
IS ARRESTING AND JAILING AN 84 YEAR OLD WOMAN JUSTICE?
WE AS A COMMUNITY MUST STAND AND SUPPORT ONE OF THE FEW BLACK REMAINING BUSINESSES IN FIVE POINTS!
COME OUT AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!
WHEN: THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1010
WHERE: 26TH AND WELTON STREET AT ZONA’S
FOR MORE INFO CONTACT ALVERTIS SIMMONS 303-521-7211
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