A restaurant manager at Poke Poke in Chicago has been suspended after swinging a chair at a Black teen who joined his friends at the establishment.
On January 2nd, John “Kyle” Johnson was walking by Poke Poke downtown and saw a friend waving through the window, so he entered the restaurant to catch up with his friends when he was met with hostility, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Ja’Mal D Green posted this along with the video:
EMERGENCY: Everyone knows my longest mentee Kyle, he was racially profiled today at Poke Poke on Wabash by Matthew Fezzey. Matthew claims he fought two “black guys” the other day prompting him to get defensive and throw a CHAIR at Kyle. John this manager must be fired immediately and an immediate boycott of this restaurant! I can not believe this but as he was taught, he stayed professional, didn’t fight him, filed a police report & recorded this video. SHARE like wildfire. CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN, Fox, Martin!
According to Johnson, the manager Matthew Fezzey, yelled; “I’ll kick your a–,” the restaurant’s manager, “This is my place of business.”
Just seconds later, Fezzey swung a chair hitting Johnson, in the arm. Johnson immediately called the police and began video recording Fezzey.
In the video, Fezzey admits he was “in the wrong” and throwing the chair was his “first instinct” after a recent robbery happened involving two Black men.
“Two days ago…and I’m not trying to be racist…two Black guys robbed two people right here,” Fezzey said.
Johnson responded, “But sir, you threw a chair at me…”. “I’m not those guys.”
“Listen, three days ago, before that, I had two more Black guys. I actually fought them in here,” Fezzey replied. “They tried threatening one of my employees, and I had to fight them … when you guys came in here, I just got really … defensive, really defensive, because I had to fight them off all the time. These security guards over here don’t do a … thing.”
Johnson, a high school senior, said “meditation and prayer” kept him calm through the infuriating incident.
Later Johnson said; “In any situation where someone would throw a chair at you, it makes you feel like you can’t do anything…My state of mind was literally, ‘God help me,’ and I just remained calm.”
Poke Poke issued an apology in a statement posted on social media.
No charges have been filed yet, but Johnson has an attorney, Anish Parikh. According to The Post, Parikh said his client plans to take legal action. He also stated that Fezzey should have immediately been terminated and a simple suspension “speaks volumes about their business and the people who run it…” This type of behavior, in our opinion, warrants a termination.”
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