Officials say bouncer slain over NYC’s smoking ban
NEW YORK (Reuters) --A bouncer at a trendy Manhattan nightclub was stabbed to death after he tried to enforce New York’s tough new anti-smoking law, officials said Monday.
Police said the bouncer was stabbed in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Guernica club on the Lower East Side after asking one of two brothers in the club to put out a cigarette.
After an argument with the men, the bouncer tried to eject them and was stabbed in the stomach “with an unknown sharp object,” police said.
The bouncer, 6-foot-6 Dana “Shazam” Blake, 32, died of his injuries.
The two brothers, Jonathan Chan, 29, and Ching Chan, 31, of Manhattan’s Chinatown face charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, police and prosecutors said.
New York’s tough new law banning smoking in bars and restaurants, with very few exceptions, was pushed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former smoker who has turned into an anti-smoking zealot. The law, which went into effect on March 30 and penalizes first-time offenders with a $200 fine, was designed to protect workers in the city’s 13,000 bars and restaurants that have allowed smoking.
Businesses caught repeatedly allowing smoking run the risk of being shut down.
Bouquets of flowers and photographs in tribute to Blake were displayed outside the Guernica club, which serves Spanish tapas and cocktails and has a dance floor.