A former New York ice cream shop owner was ordered to pay $4,500 for making false claims against Black Lives Matter demonstrators, The Hill reports.
According to the ruling, David Elmendorf, the former owner of Bumpy’s Polar Freeze in Schenectady, New York, is required to pay protesters $500 each, totaling $4,500.
Elmendorf is said to have claimed there were 20 “armed protestors” threatening to open fire on him. Five police cars came and no arrests were made.
Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Elmendorf in March, which marked the state’s first claim over an allegedly false, race-based police report.
The legal complaint stated that Elmendorf was in violation of state law by making “multiple armed threats, including death threats using derogatory racist language, against peaceful Black protestors and made false reports to the police regarding those protestors.”