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November 20, 2013

Owner of Ying's claims racial discrimination by Town

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Tonawanda News — At the end of the meeting Monday, Palumbo spoke again and told attendees that if they feel they have been wronged, they can file a complaint about police conduct with the department.

“There is always a recourse,” he said, adding that filing a complaint under penalty of perjury is often more difficult than publicizing a problem in the media. “If someone has a legitimate complaint, we’ll listen and investigate.”

Ying has done just that. He filed a complaint with the NAACP on Oct. 18, alleging racial discrimination. He then followed up with the state Attorney General’s Office on Oct. 25. 

But board members this week threw their support to Palumbo and told Ying that he is responsible for the conduct outside of the parking lot.

“Any other bar, any other group, whether they are white or black … if they are drinking or doing drugs, the police department is going to come by,” Board member Dan Crangle said.

And for the meantime, Ying said he will cancel the Saturday shows. 

“This could cause me to lose business,” he said. “Maybe put me out of business.” 

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