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New York Attorney General Letitia James uses 'Central Park Karen' law to sue ice cream shop owner for filing false police report about BLM protesters threatening to shoot him

 The New York Attorney General is using the so-called 'Central Park Karen' law to sue a former ice cream shop owner for falsely reporting that Black Lives Matter protesters were threatening to shoot him last summer. 

The civil lawsuit filed by Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday alleges that David Elmendorf, who previously owned Bumpy's Polar Freeze in Schenectady, New York, was racially motivated when he filed a false police report against black protesters outside his store on June 30, 2020. 

The suit also accused Elmendorf, 35, of targeting the protesters with racist threats while brandishing an air rifle and a baton.

The case is the first use of a new state law that allows the attorney general's office to sue an individual who summons a police officer under false, racially motivated pretenses, James said.

The law was enacted after a high-profile case in which a white woman, Amy Cooper, called police and falsely told them a black birdwatcher in New York City's Central Park was threatening her. 


Cooper was dubbed 'Central Park Karen' after video of her calling the cops last May went viral. 

The lawsuit accuses Elmendorf, who previously owned Bumpy's Polar Freeze in Schenectady, New York, of filing a racially-motivated false police report against black protesters outside his store on June 30, 2020 (pictured)

The lawsuit accuses Elmendorf, who previously owned Bumpy's Polar Freeze in Schenectady, New York, of filing a racially-motivated false police report against black protesters outside his store on June 30, 2020 (pictured)

The suit also accused Elmendorf of targeting the protesters with racist threats while brandishing an air rifle, as seen in the video grab above

The suit also accused Elmendorf of targeting the protesters with racist threats while brandishing an air rifle, as seen in the video grab above  

In a statement announcing her latest lawsuit, James said: '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.' 

Elmendorf's ice cream shop became the target of sustained protests last summer after racist text messages allegedly sent by him were circulated on social media, according to the lawsuit.  

The unrest came to a head on June 30, when Elmendorf approached a group protesters standing peacefully on the porch of a private house near Bumpy's', the suit states. 


The owner allegedly spent 15 minutes spewing racial slurs , including the n-word and 'monkeys'.  

'If you come over here I'm going to shoot you. I'll kill all you f**king n****rs,' Elmendorf is quoted saying in the suit. 

He allegedly threatened the demonstrators with a baton and told them he was going to grab his rifle. 

The group fled in fear before Elmendorf called 911 and claimed that there were '20 armed protesters who were threatening to shoot him' at his store, prosecutors said. 

He also allegedly described the protesters as 'savages hanging out in Section 8 housing'. 

Later in the day 50 protesters showed up at the store again, at which point Elmendorf came out with a .22-caliber air rifle pellet gun, prosecutors said.

'I'll run you n****rs over with my truck,' he allegedly told the crowd. 

Bumpy's Polar Freeze (pictured) became the target of sustained protests last summer after racist text messages allegedly sent by Elmendorf were circulated on social media

Bumpy's Polar Freeze (pictured) became the target of sustained protests last summer after racist text messages allegedly sent by Elmendorf were circulated on social media

Elmendorf was stopped by police as he drove away from the shop. Officers found a pellet gun, a can of ammunition and a rifle scope in his vehicle.  

He was ultimately arrested on two misdemeanor charges for menacing in connection with the protest confrontation. He pleaded not guilty and the case is still pending. 

Elmendorf is also facing assault charges for a separate incident in October, in which he allegedly used a pen to stab a private investigator serving court documents at Bumpy's, WNYT reported. 

Bumpy's was shuttered last fall after Elmendorf allegedly failed to correct a health code violation and to enforce coronavirus-related restrictions. It has since been purchased by new owners and given a new name.  

Elmendorf's attorney, James Mermigis, responded to the attorney general's lawsuit by saying his client 'categorically denies all allegations'.

'He doesn't have a racist bone in his body,' Mermigis said. 'These allegations are false. He's being smeared, he's being targeted, and the evidence will show that.' 

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. 

James' suit claims that Elmendorf's texts were riddled with racial slurs. In one message he allegedly wrote: 'I don't hire black people.'

Mermigis said the messages did not come from his client.  

The so-called 'Central Park Karen' law was enacted after a high-profile case in which a white woman, Amy Cooper, called police and falsely told them a black birdwatcher in New York City's Central Park was threatening her. Pictured: A screengrab from a video of the incident

The so-called 'Central Park Karen' law was enacted after a high-profile case in which a white woman, Amy Cooper, called police and falsely told them a black birdwatcher in New York City's Central Park was threatening her. Pictured: A screengrab from a video of the incident 

1 comment:

  1. "I don't hire black people". Nothing wrong with that. Try getting a job at Blackjobs.com if you are ANY color or race other than Indian, black, mexican, or Eskimo. White people are NOT wanted or listed on there. So he has EVERY right to NOT want blacks. And: "He also allegedly described the protesters as 'savages hanging out in Section 8 housing'. So what is the problem with telling the uneducated what they are and where they live. He is just spittin FACTS.

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