DeKalb Police, leaders urge against commercial 'mansion parties'

- Police in DeKalb County want to bring an end to so-called "mansion parties" that have been popping up across the area in recent weeks.

Officers told FOX 5's Marissa Mitchell Monday how the events work. They said homeowners rent out houses to promoters who, in turn, host parties and charge people for various things, including entry, drinks and food. Holding a commercial event in a residential area violates the law.

Captain A. Mears with DeKalb PD said, in a case last month, police made two arrests after hundreds of people packed inside a subdivision for entry to a pool party.

 "We've seen violence at them, we've seen guns pulled and drugs," Captain Mears said of the parties, adding that littering and traffic congestion are also concerns.

In the recent case, which FOX 5 obtained body camera footage of, he said the homeowner and promoter were arrested on disorderly house charges.

"Once you start charging...you are essentially running a nightclub," Mears stressed. "You can have a party and enjoy and have all your friends over. But when you start charging, that's when we start coming.... We don't take the hoildays off, so if you have one of these parties, there is a good bet that one of our undercover detectives will be there."

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary also spoke with Mitchell.

He said his office has gotten complaints about parties inside the Sandstone Estates community. Lary added, with many of these parties, which are promoted on social media, partygoers get transportation to the house.

"To camouflage the event, they will people meet in a parking lot and bus them to the mansion," Lary said. "We don't know who's going or coming."

Lary also said he has met with people who have hosted parties to explain the law.

Both police and local leaders are urging against these parties ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.

 

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