City Slowed in Attempt to Shutter Afterlife, Where DPD Says Drugs "Knowingly" Sold
|Photo by Ray and Peter Lek|
|Inside Afterlife in the summer of 2010|
On October 4, the Dallas Police Department announced that it had arrested 19-year-old Skyler Brandt for selling the ecstasy that led to the August overdose of a 19-year-old from Grandview named Matthew Allen. Police said Brandt sold the drugs to Allen at a dance club on Northwest Highway, off Spangler, called Afterlife. Which is why the police chief sent owner Mark Annis a letter notifying him that the city was revoking its dance-hall permit -- because, wrote DPD Chief David Brown, "you or an employee have knowingly allowed the possession, use, or sale of controlled substances on the premises."
But that revocation will have to wait: Four hours ago, downtown attorney Arthur Selander filed an appeal with the City Secretary's Office. The letter was standard ("Please be advised Mark Annis d/b/a Afterlife hereby appeals ..."), and kicks into motion a hearing in front of the Permit and License Appeal Board, which should prove among the more interesting hearings in front of the board in a long while.
Melissa Miles, the assistant city attorney handling the case, said she fully expected the appeal ("last week, to be honest"), and explains that the hearing should take place within the next month, during which time Afterlife will be able to keep its doors open. Should the board deny the appeal, that'll be that, pending any legal action Annis pursues. But if it overturns the city's revocation, then the city would be in the odd position of having to sue its own board, which is rare but not unheard of. Regardless, says Miles, "I expect we'll be able to put on a good case."