Raleigh bar protest held

June 30, 2012 6:45:37 PM PDT
Protesters took to the streets of Raleigh to send a message against an alleged act of discrimination.

The Raleigh Rising Above Discrimination and Injustice Rally was held Saturday in Moore Square.

Participants spoke out about an incident in which a man claims he was intimidated and assaulted while at the Downtown Sports Bar and Grill because of his race.

Jonathan Wall is an African American graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Wall went to the bar on Glenwood Street with a friend and was denied entry into the bar because he did not have a membership and was not the guest of a member.

The attorney for the Downtown Sports Bar and Grill said they do not discriminate on the basis of race and the incident over the weekend had nothing to do with Wall being black.

He said Wall was asked to leave when he became loud and disruptive.

The attorney also said the bar is a private club and membership is required. He said only members and guests are allowed inside in accordance with ABC Commission regulations.

The bar maintains that they have a diverse staff and clientele.

No charges have been filed in the incident.

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