Criminal summons issued over alleged bar assault

June 27, 2012 5:02:18 AM PDT
Allegations of racism at a Raleigh bar have gone to the next level after the alleged victim filed a criminal summons against the bar's general manager.

In a court document, 21-year-old Jonathan Wall accuses 47-year-old Todd Chriscoe of simple assault and ethnic intimidation after Wall said he was thrown out of the Downtown Sports Bar and Grill because he's black. Chriscoe is the general manager of the bar.

In the summons, Wall says Chriscoe grabbed his wrists and pushed him to the ground. Wall also claims Chriscoe assaulted him because of his color. It all stemmed from a night out at the bar on June 17.

In a news conference last week, Wall said he and some friends made it into the bar, but were racially profiled and he was violently thrown out.

The bar denies any wrongdoing. Its management said it is a private club, and Wall was not a member. Staffers at the bar referred ABC11's questions to Chriscoe's attorney. He said, "The business has denied they have roughed up or mistreated Mr. Wall."

Nevertheless, Wall expressed his anger in an email that quickly went viral shortly after the alleged incident.

Wall plans to participate in a protest in response to his allegations this Saturday in Raleigh. When reached by phone, Wall referred all questions to his attorney, who has not returned ABC11's calls.

Again, Chriscoe has not arrested, but he is expected in court on July 23.

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