(PatriotWise.com)- In June 2020, after alleged racist text messages from Schenectady ice cream shop owner David Elmendorf made the rounds on social media, a Black Lives Matter mob turned up at his shop to protest.
Elmendorf called the police and said that “twenty armed protesters” were threatening to shoot him, adding that they were “savages” hanging out in “Section 8 housing.”
It turns out, however, Elmendorf’s report to police was false.
In March, New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Elmendorf under New York’s new law based on the “Central Park Karen” case. In that case, Amy Cooper, while walking her dog in Central Park called 911 on a black man who was birdwatching, claiming he was threatening her.
Last Wednesday, Elmendorf was ordered to pay nine of the protesters $500 each, totaling $4,500 for violating their civil rights when he filed a false police report in order to intimidate someone based on race.
Elmendorf’s defense attorney James Mermigis called the accusations against his client “categorically false,” adding that Elmendorf’s name was being smeared.
In addition to the $4,500 restitution, Elmendorf has also been barred from making future threats against people based on their race and is also barred from brandishing a deadly weapon within one thousand feet of a peaceful protest.
According to Letitia James’ suit, when the protesters arrived at his shop, Elmendorf allegedly threatened the crowd of “peaceful protesters with a .22-caliber air rifle.”
After calling 911 to report twenty armed protesters threatening his life, five police officers showed up on the scene, but no arrests were made.
In announcing the state’s suit against Elmendorf, Letitia James vowed that anyone who makes “racist and violent threats” would be held accountable “with the full weight of the law.” She warned that the charges against Elmendorf should “serve as a warning that hate crimes will not be tolerated on my watch” nor would she allow “any individual to use the color of someone’s skin as a weapon.”
Elmendorf no longer lives in New York State.