When questions about a VNI investigation against Hooters and one of its waitresses first surfaced, The Gazette requested, among other things, all photographic material in the case.
The Colorado Springs Police Department complied, providing two grainy black-and-white photos taken by detectives during their undercover sting June 23.
Since the photos were difficult to make out, the newspaper requested color copies, which the department provided today.
The photos were used to support the charges against the restaurant and waitress Illysa Medina, who were accused of serving a visibly intoxicated patron. Those charges have since been dismissed.
One of the photos shows Medina’s backside as she’s standing next to the man who was allegedly intoxicated.
The other photos shows the allegedly intoxicated man about to take a drink of what appears to be beer.
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In June, two detectives with the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division went to Hooters at The Citadel mall to conduct an undercover sting with an underage confidential informant. Even though Hooters didn’t serve alcohol to the minor, the detectives sat down at a table with their informant and ordered lunch and beer.
According to police reports, the detectives said they witnessed a Hooters waitress serve a visibly intoxicated patron, which violates the liquor code. One of the detectives also said he reported seeing the patron stagger and use table chairs for balance when he walked by their table.
The detectives, through the City Attorney’s Office, brought a case against Hooters and the waitress for serving a visibly intoxicated patron. But both cases were dismissed after Hooters produced a surveillance videotape that called the detective’s assertions into question.
Last week, Mayor Steve Bach called for an investigation of VNI.