New York’s Democrat attorney general has filed the first case under the state’s so-called Central Park Karen law which prohibits false and racially motivated police reports.
AG Letitia James is suing upstate New York ice cream parlor owner David Elmendorf in civil court for allegedly calling 911 to falsely claim on June 30, 2020, that he was under threat from armed, BLM-related protesters outside his shop who wanted to shoot him. In the incident, Elemendorf also allegedly threatened the demonstrators with a .22 caliber air rifle pellet gun and spewed racial slurs at them.
Elmendorf “drew protesters near his shop in June 2020 after racist text messages he allegedly sent circulated on social media,” according to James’ lawsuit, the New York Post reported.
“Those who make racist and violent threats will be held accountable by my office with the full weight of the law. The charges against David Elmendorf should serve as a warning that hate crimes will not be tolerated on my watch and we will not allow any individual to use the color of someone’s skin as a weapon,” James explained in a statement.
Side note: Although the anti-Trump James is far left, to her credit, she released a report in January 2021 that suggested that the Andrew Cuomo administration was covering up the actual nursing-home death toll as a result of the scandal-ridden governor’s disastrous decision to send COVID-positive patients into those facilities. She is also overseeing the investigation into the sexual harassment charges against the Democrat governor.
The state legislature passed the above-referenced law after a woman named Amy Cooper famously called 911 to complain that a black man, who happened to be birdwatching and had asked her to leash her dog, was threatening her in New York City’s Central Park.
The man later declined to cooperate with the prosecution because, in his view, she had already suffered enough in the equivalent of the court of public opinion.
Birdwatcher won’t cooperate with prosecutors charging ‘Central Park Karen’ who called cops on him https://t.co/J7CUpUcsnK
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 8, 2020
The highly publicized case against the Central Park Karen was dismissed in February 2021 after Cooper attended several court-required therapy sessions.
Elmendorf, the ex-owner of Bumpy’s Polar Freeze in the city of Schenectady in the Albany area, reportedly faces two pending misdemeanor menacing charges in connection with the June incident, for which he has pleaded not guilty.
Elemendorf’s criminal defense attorney refuted the AG’s civil lawsuit by indicating that his client “categorically denies all allegations.”
The lawyer, James Mermigis, added that “He doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. These allegations are false. He’s being smeared, he’s being targeted, and the evidence will show that,” the Daily Mail reported. “The attorney also said that Elmendorf’s own life was threatened during the June confrontations, and that the messages which sparked the protests were fake,” according to the same news outlet.
County health authorities reportedly shut down the ice cream parlor in the fall of 2020 for a health code violation, and it has subsequently reopened under new ownership and a new name.
“James’ suit asks for a court order to bar Elmendorf from further harassing protesters, and for him to pay a $500 fine for each instance where he violated protesters’ free speech rights,” the Daily News detailed.
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