The complaint also listed other businesses in the area, one of them being Club 77. A representative from Club 77 said they had similar experiences: “When agents from different public agencies visit a business, they do so with armed police in the area.” When reached for comment, Michelle Cobb-Ramos, the Director of Communications for the city of San Juan, said that the permits office has the option to use “municipal police forces to dispatch administrative fines.” Yet, it’s undeniable that the presence of so many armed officers rattled partygoers. Romero hotly denied that the visits were motivated by homophobia, releasing the following charged statement
: “There’s people that only have space in their agenda for lying and manipulation with the purpose of generating controversies and antagonisms where there aren’t any.” After backlash, the city of San Juan hired a third-party lawyer to investigate whether discriminatory practices took place during these permit checks, but have yet to release their findings. The mayor’s office told Refinery29 that the investigation was close to completion, but declined to provide any more information.