Posts Tagged ‘Mike Trupiano’
“The cops are giving us s—, because of our last name as well as their racism,” said Nick Trupiano, 29, who, with his family owns the dance club, Lure, on Washington Avenue. One night each week, the club caters to African-Americans, that triggered one police officer, according to Trupiano, to ask him, “Do you like niggers?” Nick is the son of Marlene and the late Mike Trupiano, who served time in prison for playing cards. Mike was always perceived as a gangster by law enforcement, perhaps because he was the nephew of the notorious Tony Giordano. And now, Nick said that Mayor Francis Slay’s office and the St. Louis Police Department are trying to revoke the club’s liquor license over its clientele. Also, Trupiano pointed out that shots were recently fired two blocks away, which might have factored in the efforts to pull the club’s license. “The cops are trying to tie us into that only because of the blacks, who come here,” insisted Trupiano. “We pay about $75,000 a year in taxes to the city and state.” He added, that the family has hired former mayor and attorney Freeman Bosley, Jr., to represent them in the matter.