Three Texas tourists accused of attacking a flight attendant at an Upper West Side restaurant for questioning their vaccination cards against COVID-19 claim they had a racial profile and demand the dismissal of the hostess, who say that he was the aggressor.
“This stewardess clearly has some anger management issues and unfortunately her aggression and violence caused something for which three black women are punished,” said Texas civil rights lawyer Justin Moore about the incident Thursday afternoon at Carmine’s.
A Carmine attorney unequivocally denied the Texas women’s indictment.
“Any claim that has a racial profile is a complete, ungenerous and utterly irresponsible fabrication,” said attorney Carolyn Richmond.
Police say the three women attacked a 24-year-old flight attendant, believed to be Asian, at Carmine’s on Broadway near 91st Street in St. Louis.
Moore claims the three women had already been sitting inside and had ordered drinks when the hostess “arbitrarily” and “unjustifiably” began questioning the validity of their vaccination cards.
The hostess “refused service to these women and was hostile to them,” Moore said in a press release last Friday. “The injuries she received occurred because she was physically restrained by other Carmine staff members after she was called for racial discrimination, which offended her.”
The three women, identified as Kaeita Rankin, 44, her niece Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, of Humble, Texas, and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, of Houston, received tickets for the assault and were released. They are expected to answer charges in the Manhattan Criminal Court on October 1.
Moore said the hostess was rude to Rankin and his group. When they decided to leave, the word N was withdrawn and the hostess threw herself at Rankin, provoking the fight, she said.
“The hostess is apparently poorly trained to deal with patrols and has obvious problems with black women and doesn’t consider women of color,” Moore said.
The mobile video of the crash shows Texas tourists struggling with the youngest woman, almost lying on the restaurant’s host counter. A witness and a restaurant employee were spotted carrying one of the local tourists.
The hostess was treated at the scene, but was not injured, Carmine owner Jeffrey Bank told The New York Daily News on Friday.
“It’s extremely shaky,” Bank said. “It’s inexcusable, ridiculous.”
Moore identified Kaeita Rankin as a Texas businesswoman with a doctorate. in pharmaceutical science. Lewis is his assistant, according to Hawk Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter NY, which helps the Rankin family.
“(They) had a racial profile at Carmine’s in Manhattan,” said Newsome, who plans to hold a protest ahead of Carmine’s Monday. “Police showed up and arrested Dr. Rankin instead of arresting the person who assaulted her and those who were with her.”
Rankin and his party have returned to Texas, where he has encouraged his community to get vaccinated, Moore said.
“The fact that people use vaccination IDs as a representative to justify the hostess’ bad deeds only adds insult to injury and does a bad service to politics, ”Moore said.
No call was returned to Rankin.
This week, the city began implementing a vaccination warrant that required people to show they have been punctured to participate in various covered activities in the five districts. This includes eating at restaurants, drinking at bars, exercising, going to bowling, and watching a movie or show.
Nonconforming companies receive a $ 1,000 fine for the first offense, $ 2,000 for a second offense and $ 5,000 per incident for subsequent violations. City officials said the mandate will help keep New Yorkers safe and keep pandemic anxiety at bay.
Attempts to reach the bank and the hostess to comment on Moore’s claims were unsuccessful on Saturday.