I’m working on a follow-up for Tuesday’s paper, but I’d like to get the following responses out now from Oklahoma City/County Health Department and ABLE.
First, OCCHD says they had the large contingent of inspectors because they were on their way to doing sweeps in south OKC. As to why so many had to surround the trucks, I’m told most of the inspectors were “on hold” but were not involved in the action.
As for ABLE, they correctly point out that while I detailed involvement by COOP Ale and Ludivine in the story Friday, I did not get such detail into the story on the raid.
So here’s a comment from ABLE:
“Based on our discussions with ABLE agents who were present on Friday evening, three ABLE agents were conducting a joint operation with the OKC Police Department and the OKC Fire Marshal involving a mixed beverage licensee, Ludivine, and a beer brewer, Coop Ale Works, who were selling or serving alcoholic beverages in the same area. Despite suggestions to the contrary, the ABLE Commission was not involved in shutting down food vendors or any other activity unrelated to alcoholic beverages. After reading Saturday’s article in the Daily Oklahoman, some readers may have been left with a contrary impression, since neither Ludivine, Coop Ale Works, nor alcoholic beverages were mentioned in Saturday’s article.
The ABLE Commission routinely performs joint enforcement efforts with local police departments and fire marshals in an effort to ensure compliance with public safety laws, but we generally do not regulate activities or events unless alcoholic beverages are involved. While a small minority of Oklahomans would prefer abolishing our state’s liquor laws in their entirety, most Oklahoma families recognize the value of these law enforcement efforts, especially when it comes to reducing youth access and drunk driving fatalities.”