OAKLAND -An Oakland liquor store is prohibited from selling alcohol for 45 days for numerous reasons including an illegal weapon found inside the business.
California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents posted the 45-day suspension notice at State Market Liquor on Willow Street on January 12, 2017 after a store employee resisted and delayed Oakland police officers in their investigation of a violent crime and an illegal weapon was found inside the store.
According to ABC, State Market Liquor has been the source of multiple complaints from the community and has caused “police problems” for years.
Following the 45-day suspension, the license will be placed on probation for three years. ABC could also permanently revoke the liquor license if the owner allows similar violations to take place on the premises.
“Business owners have a responsibility to the communities they are in, to foster a safe and positive atmosphere,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “ABC agents have a lot of ground to cover because there are far more ABC licensees than there are agents to go around, however they do a tremendous job investigating their cases, setting business owners on the right path, or shutting them down, if need be.”