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Report Commissioned By Barneys Says Store Is Not Responsible For Racial Profiling

 
Report Commissioned By Barneys Says Store Is Not Responsible For Racial Profiling
Posted November 20th, 2013 @ 12:36pm

(Rebecca Fishbein) Well, so much for all those lawsuits (maybe): a review of Barneys New York's store policies paid for by Barneys says the retailer was not responsible for incidents in which two customers were allegedly racially profiled after making purchases, and that any culpability lies with the NYPD. Case closed, move along, nothing to see here folks!

The review, which was commissioned by Barneys and spearheaded by San Francisco civil rights lawyer Michael Yaki, reportedly found that Barneys did not "request, require nor initiate the actions of the New York Police Department" when officers accosted black customers Trayvon Christian, 19, and 21-year-old Kayla Phillips, and unjustly accused them of credit card fraud. Yaki reviewed store procedure and policies and interviewed store employees; he did not, however, speak with any NYPD officers during his investigation.

Read More: Gothamist

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