State Attorney General Letitia James announced her office won a lawsuit against the former owner of an ice cream shop in Schenectady.
David Elmendorf used to own Bumpy's Polar Freeze. He was accused of threatening peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors outside of the ice cream shop last June.
The protestors showed up to his business after he allegedly had text messages on his phone that said he wouldn't hire black people. While the protestors were outside of the shop, Elmendorf reportedly called police and said the black protestors were acting violent and had weapons on them.
As a result of the lawsuit, Elmendorf must now pay $500 to the nine people he harassed.
This was the first lawsuit brought by the New York State Hate Crimes and Bias Prevention Unit.