MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (WJZ) — Vince’s Crabhouse is officially suing Baltimore County and County Executive Johnny Olszewski for $400,000.

The Middle River restaurant came under fire after one of the owners post went viral on social media. He later apologized, but for the last month, protesters have been gathering outside the restaurant every day.

The owners say the police were ordered to stand down by the county executive and are not doing their jobs protecting them, their employees or their customers.

Baltimore County said it does not comment on pending litigation, but in a previous statement, Olszewski spokesperson Sean Naron called the lawsuit “baseless.”

“These baseless claims are not grounded in facts or reality,” Naron said. “The men and women of County law enforcement have consistently gone above and beyond in service to all residents of our community regarding this matter. The County will continue to protect residents’ first amendment rights to peaceful protest while doing whatever is necessary to ensure public safety”

Comments (11)
  1. Orion says:

    Has anyone there been hurt? NO
    Has his property been vandalized or stolen? NO
    Do citizens have a right to peacefully protest? YES

    Vince is trying to blame the city for his own racists posts that have caused him problems. Next time think before you spew racist words or better yet just keep them to yourself. The city can do nothing about citizens that are not breaking any laws. Vince caused his own problems not the city

  2. Save Us says:

    I agree with Orion, Vince should not have posted racists remarks, social media will be the downfall of this country. Those who protest according article 1 of the constitution give those who protest the right of free speech, Vince had that same right he will have to live with the fallout.

    Apologizing for being a racists does not remove the fact that you may be one. MAGA folks are always apologizing , enough. If you truly want to KEEP this country great follow a different not the one Trump has set us on.

    1. King Julian says:


      1. Gregg says:

        is this a joke? How can the county protect him from people who are not threatening anyone? People got a right to be outside & protest if they want to- it’s not like they burnt it down or threw rocks thru the windows or are pointing guns at him and building a wall to keep customers away. He built his own wall of stupidity
        -as for hurting his business the virus and posting dumb stuff did that- neither BC’s fault.

        This is happening cause of what you said not what BC did or didn’t do. I’m sure the racist red hats will patronize- the few that are left LOL

  3. Bill Smiths says:

    You people talk about the the right to protest and free speech, well Vince has a right to say what he wants without the fear of reprisal, if you don’t like what the man said don’t shop at his store.

    1. Joy says:

      Ain’t no fun when the rabbit got the gun is it. Keep boycotting..

    2. A Wolf says:

      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

      Where does it say anything about not having fear of reprisal? People peacefully protesting his words are the epitome of how the process works. The government is not interfering with his speech, nor with the speech of the response.

      When you say stupid things, people will respond. As long as they respond peacefully things are working just fine.

  4. Joe Zilch says:

    This will probably stop in a few days after these losers stop getting the extra 600 a week . They might even have to go to work !

  5. Ted says:

    Vince has every right to say what he wants to including racist stuff. Citizens have every right to hold him accountable and lawfully protest in front of his businesses and encourage others not to patronize them As the Coast Guard says YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WAKE

    Vince is trying to make the city responsible for his own wake- sorry Charlie!

  6. Billy Bubba Redhat says:

    Vince brought all of this on himself. Now he’s sorry and wants to blame someone else. Well boo hoo!

    People out of work due to COVID are not “losers” they are victims of Trump not handling it property from the start. We are in a worse way than every other country on earth, thank you Trump- America is pathetic now not “great”. Most countries will not even let US citizens enter them now- high unemployment, 138,000 people dead of COVID and counting, shortages of medical supplies & hospitals over capacity & testing still not widely available, 9% of people test positive… Keep wearing those MAGA hats, they will protect you from COVID LOL.

    Vince is trying to blame someone else for the consequences of racist speech, just like Trump.

  7. chrissfarmer says:

    A nonsense lawsuit that will be laughed out of court. Vince had a right to say what he said and people have a right to peacefully assemble to protest it. What does he expect “Johnny O” to do about people on the sidewalk (not his property) not breaking the law?

    Billy Bubba- pandemic raging and Trump (w/o a mask) played golf TWICE last weekend.,,,,,,, after that campaign promise he would be too busy working to have time for golf and he has played MORE golf than Obama, who he trashed for playing golf……. vicious circle of lies you are RIGHT ON LOL!

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