Amid the dueling accounts, a Black Lives Matter activist said his group was planning to demonstrate outside Carmine’s on Monday to protest the treatment of black customers. “Restaurants use vaccination warrants to uphold their racist beliefs and exclude black customers,” said Hawk Newsome, co-founder and president of Black Lives Matter Greater New York.
Restaurants in New York City are wondering how best to meet Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new mandate that requires people to prove they’ve received at least one dose of a vaccine against the virus before dining at the interior. The city began enforcing the rule on Monday.
Most of the burden of law enforcement falls on restaurant employees, especially front desk staff who are usually the first to interact with customers.
In addition to Dr Rankin, 44, police identified the other women arrested as Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, of Humble, Texas, and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, of Houston. They were released with a court date of October 5.
In Thursday’s statement, police said the three women beat the unidentified hostess “on several occasions with closed fists.” He also said the hostess suffered “bruises and scratches to her face, chest and arm”. She is resting at home, a restaurant representative said.
Images reviewed by The Times do not include sound, but do suggest that tension was already brewing between the hostess and guests before the melee began.
In the footage, after both men are refused entry, a waiter, dressed in a white apron, comes out and talks to the hostess, gesturing as if to explain something. Next, footage shows the group of six leaving the restaurant. The hostess leans forward and says something, and the waiter pulls her back with his arms around her shoulder and slaps her, perhaps to keep her from engaging with them.