New security measures unveiled at Club Ritz

CINCINNATI - The owner of Club Ritz in Roselawn, held a news conferenceWednesday to announce upgrades and a new security plan.

The night club was the scene of the murder of Dexter Burroughslast week and came under fire by the Burroughs' family andcommunity members.

Andrew Williams and his attorney offered condolences to theBurroughs family, and outlined changes to their security plan.

  • The club is now private, and members only. While membership is free, patrons will have their IDs scanned and photo taken to be added to a database. Members will receive cards in the mail to use on subsequent visits to the club.
  • A full-body scan metal detector. The system, manufactured by View Systems Inc., includes a video camera that captures an image of each person who passes through and a read out of metal and where the object is located on an individual. The scanner interfaces with a computer program provided by the manufacture for a complete “concealed weapons detection system.”
  • Additional cameras will be added to the club’s security system. Williams says the club already uses eight cameras, most of those focus on the outside of the night club. He says they'll install an additional eight by the weekend inside the building.

Williams stressed his business is minority-owned and employs 30people. He stressed that he was doing everything he could and sayshe thinks city council members are turning their back on the clubafter having their approval weeks ago.

The mother of Dexter Burroughs, Peggie, says despite thechanges, she wants the club shut down.

"No more chances," said Burroughs.