Star Ledger: Bar visits put Newark police chief in trouble

Bar visits put Newark police chief in trouble
More details around the Campos charges related to the Indian Knights Motorcycle Club, which looks more and more like a tenacious social club serving alcohol than a seedy illegal bar.

The Indian Knights case stems from a routine raid by the city’s vice squad March 2, when police received a complaint of noise and loud music from the club, located on Lexington Street in an industrial section of the Ironbound, according to police reports. They arrested the president of Indian Knights, Everton Oliveira, for selling drinks without a certificate of occupancy or a liquor license, according to the report.

“With those two things alone, you are automatically in violation of the law,” said Deputy Mayor Ronald Salahuddin, who oversees the city’s vice squads.

Oliveira told police that he was hosting a birthday party and was giving away the drinks for free, according to police reports. But police, noting they’d warned him before to stop selling drinks, shut down the club.

Sciarra said Indian Knights was a charitable organization and was “well known to members of the governing body of Newark at the highest level.” He would not elaborate.

Let me elaborate: last night, I found another clip on YouTube where city council member Augusto Amador was being interviewed at the same Indian Knights Motorcycle Club event where Campos discussed the organization’s fundraising for a disabled little girl.

Unfortunately, it looks as though that video of the event may have been taken down since I posted the Campos interview (YouTube seems a little flaky for me right now), so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Update: The interview with Auggie is here, at around 1 minute, 20 seconds. The Indian Knights are clearly a social club that has ties to the community, and is obviously “well known to members of the governing body of Newark at the highest level.”

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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