The Newark City Council in New Jersey today approved legislation that calls for late-night eateries to post armed guards after 9 p.m. until they close, accoridng to NJ.com.
The new ordinance, sponsored by South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, comes roughly a month after South Ward resident and police officer William Johnson was shot and killed while waiting to buy a slice of pizza at Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza.
According to Baraka, units that stay open late encourage crime.
As of now, the ordinance would affect only those places that serve fewer than 20 people. Larger, sit-down restaurants would not be affected.
If the eateries cannot provide the guards, they will be forced to close during the night-time hours.