New documentary accuses Racine committee of racist practices

CREATED Jan. 12, 2014

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 MILWAUKEE -- A new documentary based around the City of Racine is causing a controversy ahead of it's scheduled debut in Milwaukee.

The film "Pattern or Practice" contends that Racine's Public Safety and Licensing committee holds minority-owned bars to higher standards than those bars with white owners. 

The chairman of the committee, Alderman Greg Heldings, told the Racine Journal Times that the claims were "utterly false."

A different Racine Alderman -- and former committee member -- is featured in the film, according to the newspaper. Eric Marcus claims that the committee did not use equal standards to all bars that landed in front of them.

"Pattern or Practice" will debut on February 20th at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee.