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Thomasville holds alcohol license review for American Legion post

City leaders in Thomasville held a meeting Wednesday to discuss the American Legion Post 519's alcohol license. City leaders in Thomasville held a meeting Wednesday to discuss the American Legion Post 519's alcohol license.
Post 519 has been the scene of several violent incidents lately. (Source:WALB) Post 519 has been the scene of several violent incidents lately. (Source:WALB)
Thomasville Police Chief Troy Rich said from the information he gathered he believes this venue has just open to the public, which he said is a big concern. (Source:WALB) Thomasville Police Chief Troy Rich said from the information he gathered he believes this venue has just open to the public, which he said is a big concern. (Source:WALB)
I hope you take that into consideration, I need that post," said Bill Simons, State Officer for the American Legion. (Source:WALB) I hope you take that into consideration, I need that post," said Bill Simons, State Officer for the American Legion. (Source:WALB)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

City leaders in Thomasville held a meeting Wednesday to discuss the American Legion Post 519's alcohol license.

Post 519 has been the scene of several violent incidents lately.

This is not the first time the city has had to review post 519's license.

In 2014 it was suspended for a year.

The post was also under review back in 2008.

Mayor Greg Hobbs seemed disappointed that the post had not taken proper measures to make sure this doesn't happen.

Chief Troy Rich was called up to speak. He said there is a video that went viral on Facebook of what he described as a huge fight in the back room of the legion.

Chairs thrown, bottles hit over people's heads, and just a scene he said was alarming.

American Legion members also spoke, they said they had no idea about the fight and didn't know the girl who was injured.

Their state officer for the legion spoke Wednesday as well.

"I don't want to abandoned them by not having a resource for them because regardless of what we may think about the police and what we or what we may think about them. They're veterans and still need help. I hope you take that into consideration, I need that post," said Bill Simmons, State Officer for the American Legion.

Thomasville Police Chief Troy Rich said from the information he gathered he believes this venue has just open to the public, which he said is a big concern.

During the next called meeting Mayor Hobbs said a decision will be made.

Wednesday, the post commander didn't have a lawyer present.

Mayor Hobbs strongly advised that he bring one to the next meeting. The date hasn't been announced yet.

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