A pub owner in Florida was arrested last week after making racist comments and pointing a gun at a young Black couple, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The incident between International Drive pub owner Kim Bruns, Kayla Davis, 21, and her boyfriend Darian Elwin, happened last Saturday when the couple arrived at the Orlando pub to celebrate Elwin’s 20th birthday. The couple says they decided to go to the pub after getting an online coupon. After Davis purchased a cocktail, Bruns allegedly greeted them aggressively with a warning to leave the bar.
“As soon as she gave it to me, she said, ‘I’m watching you, and you better not give any drinks to minors,’ Davis said. “It felt weird and racist a little bit.” Davis said that comment and another bar employee asking her whether she was OK bothered Davis enough that she returned the untouched drink and told Bruns she and her boyfriend were leaving. But the bar owner told other customers, “Don’t let that [multiple profanities] leave,” the arrest report states.
Bruns headed to the back of the bar, pulled out a .357-caliber Magnum Colt Python and said, “I will shoot you [niggers],” She also picked up the drink and threw it against the wall, refusing to let the couple leave.
“I’ll shoot you too if I have to. It’s legal,” Bruns said, according to the arrest report. “Call Jesse Jackson, [profanity].”
Police arrived and Bruns was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. The 51-year-old denied all claims and refused to let officials view any surveillance footage. While she says she never used racial slurs towards the couple, she reportedly told a police officer during her arrest, “I can’t believe you would take those niggers’ side over mine.”
This was Bruns’ 10th arrest in Florida since 1984. Previous arrests included a bar fight, which led to a battery charge.
SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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