Thursday, March 25, 2010
Alleged Gambling And Assault Incident At Urban Exposure, Which Shares Address With J & H Furniture......
Photos and blog post by John Hoff
The upper Willard Homewood Neighborhood has a listserv, known as UWHO, and recently subscribers to that listserv learned of a bizarre incident at J&H Used Furniture And Antiques store, which is at 2421 West Broadway.
J & H is a sad little down-and-out store selling what appears to be second rate furniture, the kind of stuff you could get just as easily on Craigslist or a rummage sale. The store has a cracked window. Recently, some business calling itself Urban Exposure has announced it is doing business at the same address, selling "hip hop clothing and footwear."
Recently, a neighborhood activist named James Nelson dropped by J & H to inform store owners about a facade improvement matching grants program. What happened next is told in Nelson's words...
When I got to Urban Exposure (above J&H Furniture), I was assaulted by the store keeper. I went into the store, there was a table with lots of money and cards with 6 guys standing around gambling. I just stood there.
Finally, one of them asked what I wanted. I told them I came to shop. One guy showed me some shoes but saw I was still in shock. He asked what was wrong. I told him I am a block leader next door and I wanted to come build some community with our local businesses but why were they gambling in the middle of the store during business hours. He said it was slow. I said that's not the kind of business we want to portray in our neighborhood, it's illegal for one and folks don't want to feel uneasy seeing the first thing in their store is 6 guys gambling with lots of money all over. Folks don't feel comfortable walking in on that with a crowd of people they don't know in a store they've never been in.
He told me to stop coming at him. I said I wasn't coming at him but this wasn't right. The others started at me and told me to get my "faggot ass out." They said they'd call the police. I said I would 'cause they were the ones that weren't right. I tried to use the phone in J&H and the lady (they said that was their auntie) would not let me use the phone. All six followed me out the store as the continued to yell at me to leave and get my "faggot ass out."
I went next door to Mr. Afros barber shop. They let me use the phone. I called 911 with these guys still following me into the barber shop. As I was talking one of the guys hung up the phone. The barber shop told me to get out and go call over at Midas. When I went outside the one that kept saying "faggot ass" came at me and shoved me down. He told me to go call the
police over at Midas, so I told him I was going to. The Midas guys were great. I called 911 and waited at Midas until the police
arrived. The police cited him for 5th degree assault and I have to go to court about this when the police send me a notice.
JNS says: I'm glad Nelson is alright, but I wouldn't even walk around the block without my cell phone.