Vince’s Crab House files civil rights com­plaint against Bal­ti­more County and Ol­szewski

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY PEOPLE THE - By PA­TRICK MCDONOUGH

Vince’s Crab House is fil­ing a civil rights com­plaint with the Depart­ment of Jus­tice against Bal­ti­more County and County Ex­ec­u­tive Johnny Ol­szewski. This civil rights com­plaint is sup­ported by Con­gress­man Andy Har­ris, a mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, who sub­mit­ted ac­tion to the Depart­ment of Jus­tice Civil Rights Of­fice.

Just re­cently on Satur­day, July 25 At Vince’s Crab House had about one hun­dred sup­port­ers who were present at a flag-wav­ing rally. There were about 30 pro­test­ers present also.

Ten­sions were high with a sig­nif­i­cant amount of ver­bal ex­change be­tween the two groups. This was not a good safe sit­u­a­tion from a pub­lic safety per­spec­tive.

Bal­ti­more County po­lice of­fi­cers were not present. Mem­bers of the lo­cal me­dia ques­tioned the ab­sence of law en­force­ment. A 911 call was made re­quest­ing po­lice as­sis­tance, but the Bal­ti­more

County Po­lice never re­sponded. This is a com­mon oc­cur­rence. The po­lice are, how­ever, present at counter demon­stra­tions.

At the same time on July 25, County Ex­ec­u­tive Johnny Ol­szewski Jr. was march­ing in a Black Lives Mat­ter pa­rade in Reis­ter­stown.

What is wrong with this pic­ture?

The cit­i­zens of Bal­ti­more County would be shocked and ou­traged when they know the de­tails about Mr. Ol­szewski’s

per­for­mance, es­pe­cially if some­one had been in­jured at the Vince’s Crab House Rally from ei­ther side.

Fed­eral law un­der 42 USC 1983 re­quires equal pro­tec­tion of civil rights to all Bal­ti­more County res­i­dents plus, noth­ing can jus­tify the de­ci­sion to pro­tect one group. Aban­don­ing the pro­tec­tion of an­other group il­lus­trates the na­ture of our com­plaint and a prac­ti­cal way for un­der­stand­ing why it is nec­es­sary to file a civil rights com­plaint.

Brenda Meyer speaks at a pre­vi­ous press con­fer­ence at Vince’ Crab House in Mid­dle River. Vince Meyer, Pa­trick McDonough, and Linda Brown, the restau­rant’s lawyer, stand be­hind Brenda.

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