Agreement reached in alleged bar racism case

October 1, 2012 3:24:56 PM PDT
Both sides have reached an agreement in the case of alleged racism at a Raleigh bar.

It's been 3-1/2 months of legal wrangling since the incident and Monday both sides agreed the case has gone far enough.

Jonathan Wall is the 21-year-old Harvard grad student from Raleigh who said he was violently kicked out of the Downtown Sports Bar on Glenwood Avenue back in June because he's black.

Wall filed a criminal summons against bar manager, Todd Chriscoe. He accused Chriscoe of simple assault and ethnic intimidation.

The summons alleged that Chriscoe put Wall into a headlock, forced him out of the bar, and onto the ground.

The case sparked a social media frenzy and even a civil rights march demanding justice.

In court Monday, the assistant district attorney told the judge the two sides have resolved their disagreement and prosecutors would not pursue a trial.

"Even though it's been resolved without a trial, he [Wall] was able to make a statement that when you feel that there's an injustice you have to fight against it and speak out and he did that," said Wall's attorney, Geoff Simmons.

"Certain things were misconstrued, I think on both sides from beginning to end, and once those things got hashed out, I think both sides were able to call it what it really was, which was just an incident," said Chriscoe's attorney, Bill Young.

The sports bar does have surveillance video of the alleged incident.

Both sides have seen it and said it is open to interpretation but the bar declined to release it to the media.

There was no financial settlement. The case just goes away.

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