Who is Jamie Atlig? Infusion Lounge Philadelphia Owner
Jamie Atlig is the owner of Infusion Lounge Philadelphia in the spotlight for pointing a gun on a Black man on Sunday, July 5th. The black man who was on a bike stopped nearby and began shouting, “Social distancing! No one is wearing a mask!” It was then that the Restaurant goers started shouting back, telling him to go away.
Witnesses Statement and Video of the Incident
On Sunday, July 5th, a Black man on a bike who stopped nearby and began shouting, “Social distancing! No one is wearing a mask!” It was then that the Restaurant goers started shouting back, telling him to go away. One of the men sitting nearby, local bar owner Jamie Atlig, stood up as if to fight. Krieger and another woman rushed to position themselves in between them.
My intern, @Dj__Torney, just shared this upsetting story with me.
After a weekend of too much gun violence, more guns is not the answer.
— Councilmember Isaiah Thomas (@CMThomasPHL) July 6, 2020
According to Krieger, the man with the bike shouted something about “MAGA privilege,” while Atlig shouted “Trump 2020!” That’s when Atlig pulled a gun, and Krieger said she saw the Black man freeze at the sight, then pull out his bike lock in self defense.
“People were screaming, ‘He has a gun!‘” she said. “And I was screaming, ‘He has a bike lock!‘” In seconds, Atlig, owner of Infusion Lounge nearby, had put away his gun. And the other man, who Krieger didn’t know, picked up his bike and rode off.
Atlig was questioned by police shortly after the Incident
Atlig was questioned by police after the incident on Sunday, July 5th, Gamburg said, though he didn’t know who called authorities to the scene. A police spokesperson, Eric McLaurin, said on Monday afternoon that it’s “a very active investigation at this point.”
Krieger said police arrived shortly afterwards but did not take a report because the victim had already left. To Krieger, the seeming lack of consequences was what compelled her to share the story with her friend D.J. Torney, an intern for City Councilmember Isaiah Thomas, who posted it to Twitter.
“The Black man doesn’t need to be killed for this to be a story,” she said. “A man had a gun pulled on him for speaking the truth. We weren’t social distancing. He was completely in the right to be yelling at us — and if I hadn’t been there, this is how Black people are shot and its claimed later that he had a bike lock on him and people thought it was a gun. But let’s be clear: The bike lock was never pulled out [until after the gun was].”
He has referred all questions to his attorney
Atlig has not commented on the incident. He has referred all questions to his attorney, Robert Gamburg, who confirmed it was his client who is seen in the video pulling the gun on the passerby. Gamburg said the pedestrian was being “confrontational” with guests at the lounge and “was engaging in threatening behavior, menacing behavior.”
“Mr. Atlig is licensed to carry a firearm. He has extensive firearm training. He’s a business owner and he was being threatened,” Gamburg said. “The individual reached behind his back for an object, Mr. Atlig unholstered his licensed firearm, defused the situation, and sat back down.”
The Philly Police are Investigating the Incident
The Philly Police in a statement said, “We are actively investigating this incident. If you were a witness, or have any information, please contact Central Detectives at 215-686-3093. You can also report information anonymously at 215-686-TIPS, or on our website – phillypolice.com”
Jamie Atlig Facebook
A screengrab of his since-deleted Facebook shows that he lives in Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. He is from Pennsville New Jersey.