Legal /

New York Ice Cream Store Owner Must Pay BLM Protesters $4,500 for Calling the Police

In a lawsuit brought against him by the state, David Elmendorf was accused of violating protesters' civil rights.


A small business owner in Schenectady, New York has been ordered to pay $4,500 to Black Lives Matter protesters.

On June 30, 2020, David Elmendorf called the police and said he was being threatened by the protesters who gathered outside his ice cream shop, Bumpy’s Polar Freeze, after an allegedly racist text message he had written was made public.

“After the incident, he was sued by New York State Attorney General Letitia James under a law, dubbed the so-called ‘Central Park Karen’ law, which aims to stop false, race-based police reports. It’s the first time the law has been used,” reports The Daily Mail.

According to ABC News, “that law was passed last year after the case against Amy Cooper, the white woman who called police on a Black birdwatcher during a caught-on-camera encounter in Central Park. Cooper’s case was dismissed by the Manhattan DA’s office after she fulfilled an education program.”

The lawsuit contends that Elmendorf approached a group of protesters, who were standing on the porch of a private house near the ice cream shop. He allegedly spent 15 minutes spewing racial slurs, including the n-word and “monkeys.”  

After the group left, Elmendorf called 911 and said that there were “20 armed protesters who were threatening to shoot him.”

More protesters returned later in the day and Elmendorf “wielded a baton and air rifle and shouted racial epithets,” according to the complaint. Schenectady police responded to the scene and no arrests were made.

Elmendorf has been ordered to pay $500 to nine protesters for violating their civil rights.

He could not be reached by phone Wednesday, says NBC New York. His attorney, James Mermigis, said he would be vindicated. He said the social media posts that started the protests were never verified.

“My client categorically denies these awful allegations,” Mermigis said in an email to the news outlet. “My client is not a racist and 75% of his employees over the last five years were minorities.”

In August, Elmendorf was fined $10,000 by the county for violating COVID-19 health protocols. He has since closed his ice cream store. 

*For corrections please email corrections@timcast.com*

5 responses to “New York Ice Cream Store Owner Must Pay BLM Protesters $4,500 for Calling the Police”

  1. Sethbishop89 says:

    I’m outraged.
    He should not pay it.

    Is this ice cream store in a black area, did BLM just take a service away from a black areA?

    • Sethbishop89 says:

      Nope, 9.97% black.

      Also see that the peaceful protesters came back with guns and bats. I guess his suspicions of them being violent were not too far off.

  2. twTook says:

    That poor person will likely be completely run out of town, assuming they are lucky enough to survive that long. That prosecutor needs to be charged for repeatedly colluding with criminals. They are intentionally, & actively trying to destroy our foundational ability to provide for ourselves and choose our own destiny.

    ( p.s. I dont for 1 second believe anyone has ever charged a bunch of BLM soldiers shouting anything remotely racist. They are activly violent and mostly white… shouting racial slurs at them is not only dangerously stupid, its wildly unobservant. )

  3. Wolv256 says:

    My civil liberties are certainly being violated. I want Gavin Newsome fined $500 per person in california.

  4. UppityG says:

    Elmendorf sounds like a refusenik. Good. But man, the govt can sure make your life hell if it wants to.