Gip's Place supporters, city leaders at odds in council meeting

Gip's Place supporters, city leaders at odds in council meeting

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Supporters greet Henry "Gip" Gipson (in hat) outside Bessemer City Hall. Source: Arielle Clay Supporters greet Henry "Gip" Gipson (in hat) outside Bessemer City Hall. Source: Arielle Clay
The hall was so crowded that some councilors took pictures to document the meeting. Source: Arielle Clay The hall was so crowded that some councilors took pictures to document the meeting. Source: Arielle Clay
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) -

A Bessemer City Council meeting was packed tonight with supporters of a beloved juke joint, Gip's Place. They came out to support the joint's owner after police shut it down for operating without a business license.

The crowd, which included local media and a documentary film crew, was so strong that councilors took pictures.

Henry "Gip" Gipson said that the council is making a mistake shutting him down. He says he's given so much to the city and won't relocate. He also says he won't get a business license as the city demands and he will keep throwing Saturday night events as he has for decades.

Mayor Gulley responded by saying that no one wants to shut down Gip's Place but the fact that a business is operating without a license can't be ignored. The city attorney adds that leaders can't ignore certain laws and the mayor must enforce the law.

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