Tonawanda News — The owner of Ying’s Wings and Things restaurant on Eggert Road is accusing Town of Tonawanda police of racial profiling after a shooting took place in his parking lot over the weekend.
Jimmy Ying, who’s given name is Haibo Jiang, was charged with criminal nuisance early Sunday following the incident and stated that police are targeting him, his employees and his patrons. He said the problem began Sept. 14 when he began holding Saturday night college parties at the restaurant featuring a DJ who plays hip hop music.
Between 100 and 150 students attend the non-alcohol events, which are hosted by promoter 100 Entertainment. Ying said the vast majority of those who attended the events were African American.
“They are checking the blacks. I don’t think it’s legal,” Ying, 52, said at Monday night’s board meeting.
A video released by Town police on Monday shows several dozen individuals running through a parking lot in front of the restaurant, with one grainy image reportedly showing a person point a weapon at another individual at 1:45 a.m. Sunday and firing a weapon.
Errick E. Roseboro, 20, of Cheektowaga, was shot in the lower leg and released from the Erie County Medical Center. Police say they are continuing a search for the gunman, though an investigation has been difficult because few witnesses will discuss the shooting.
Since the parties began in September, restaurant employees said they have been ticketed for traffic violations they didn’t commit, such as loud music and improper signal. Ying has received five nuisance violations since he began holding the Saturday night events in September.
Ying said he was taken into custody early Sunday morning and held for six hours without being permitted to make a phone call.
But issues of harassment by Town police began weeks earlier, said Ying, who has owned the restaurant in the same locale for 24 years. While Ying admits that “small fights” took place inside the establishment during the Saturday shows, he said an inordinately strong police presence began from the very beginning and without cause.