The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that a white Florida bar owner allegedly held a black couple at gunpoint in a dispute over a drink.
Kim Bruns, owner of the George & Dragon British Pub, in Orlando, is accused of pulling a gun on 21-year-old Kayla Davis and her boyfriend, Darian Elwin. The couple had stopped at the pub to celebrate Elwin’s twentieth birthday.
According to the report, Davis and Elwin decided to have dinner at the pub because they had received an online discount. Davis said that everything was fine until she asked Bruns to recommend a drink. Bruns made Davis a kamikaze cocktail, and Davis said when she handed her the drink, Bruns 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 Bruns’ comment bothered her enough that she returned the drink, untouched, and said that she and Elwin were leaving. That was when, according to the arrest report, Bruns said to the other customers, “Don’t let that [multiple profanities] leave.”
Allegedly, at that point, Bruns left the room and returned with a .357 Magnum handgun. The arrest report says:
Bruns pointed the firearm at [Davis] and stated, ‘I will shoot you [profanity].’ Bruns then picked up a drinking glass from the bar, throwing it at Davis. The glass missed and shattered against the wall.
Elwin then offered to pay for the drink, if Bruns would let the couple leave. The arrest report says that Bruns told Elwin, “I’ll shoot you too if I have to. It’s legal. Call Jesse Jackson, motherf*cker.”
At that point, police arrived. Bruns told police that she never threatened Davis and Elwin with a gun, but she refused to allow officers to view security camera video. The arrest report says that, as she was being handcuffed, Bruns said, “I can’t believe you would take those n*ggers’ side over mine.”
Bruns was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated assault. The Orlando Sentinel reports that this was her tenth arrest in Florida over the past thirty years.
When reached for comment, Bruns said:
It’s all false accusations. I have black people who work for me. I have never used a racial slur.
Of course, Bruns wouldn’t use a racial slur! America is a “post-racial society,” right?
Featured image via Orlando Sentinel/Orange County Jail