REPORT: Family bakery wins BIG in verdict against college over alleged racial profiling
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(CNN) — An Ohio jury has ordered Oberlin College to pay $11 million to a bakery which said it was libeled and wrongfully accused of racially profiling students.
The case stems from the November 2016 arrests of three black Oberlin students at Gibson’s Bakery and market near the college’s campus in Oberlin, Ohio.
The article goes on to state the following:
One student, Jonathan Aladin, was accused of attempted robbery for allegedly trying to “steal wine or otherwise illegally obtain wine” from the bakery, according to a defamation lawsuit. He would eventually confess in a written statement to buying alcohol illegally.
Campus Reform further reports:
The lawsuit, filed by the Gibson’s Bakery shop in November 2017, was settled this week when an Ohio jury ordered Oberlin College to pay $11 million to the bakery after being accused of libelous behavior. Following an attempt to shoplift from the local bakery, the lawsuit alleged that Oberlin employees — and the institution itself — spread defamatory information against the bakery for allegedly racist behavior.
In Nov. 2016, an Oberlin student, Jonathan Aladin, was caught attempting to steal wine from the bakery. Two other individuals, according to the lawsuit, were also arrested and accused of misdemeanor assault during the same altercation.
The article goes on to state the following:
In response to the arrests, protests and boycotts against Gibson’s bakery ensued with protesters accusing the store of being racist as Aladin is a minority. Reportedly, numerous employees of Oberlin attended these protests, passing out allegedly libelous flyers which read: “[Gibson’s] is a RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION.”
The flier called for a protest against the bakery.
Oberlin’s current vice president and dean of students, Meredith Raimondo, is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. She has been accused of distributing the flyer. Several Oberlin college administrators and faculty members are accused of publicly disparaging the bakery and using college resources to spread false information about the bakery, including printing copies of the flyer.
CBS News reports:
Dave Gibson, the bakery’s owner, says the lawsuit is about standing up for his right to crack down on shoplifting without being branded as a racist. The suit says Oberlin demanded that he stop pushing criminal charges on first-time shoplifters and call school deans instead.
“I have not taken a paycheck since this happened more than a year ago,” Gibson said in an email. “Sometimes you have to stand up to a large institution. Powerful institutions — including Oberlin College — and their members must follow the same laws as the rest of us.”
A jury in Ohio determined that Oberlin College libeled Gibson’s Bakery when students accused the business of being racist https://t.co/RSPYEhbLwz
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 10, 2019
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) June 10, 2019
Although the three perps would eventually admit in their plea agreements that the bakery staff was not motivated by race in their attempt to detain them until police arrived, Oberlin College students **and staff** still went out looking for mob justice. https://t.co/eqU59ndZHf
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 10, 2019
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