Racist or Just Doing Its Job? State Liquor Authority Comes Under Fire in Chelsea

Charges of racism are flying over the State Liquor Authority’s decision to suspend for two years the liquor license for the Chelsea building that houses Club Mumbai. It’s racked up dozens of violations in the last four years for underage drinking, excessive noise and blocked exits, the New York Post reports.

But owner Brahm Prasad thinks the SLA’s cracking down on the club mostly because of its African-American clientele:

“We got shut down because of racism, that’s the bottom line,” said Prasad, who said he’s considering a civil suit against the city and has met with the Rev. Al Sharpton recently to discuss further action.

- Tom Acitelli