African American Teen Arrested For Purchasing A Belt! [Photo]
The 19-teen year old young man visited the designer retail store ‘Barney’s’ in NYC to buy a designer belt, costing $350. According to New York Times, the Barneys clerk/Sales Associate asked Trayon Christian for identification upon his purchase at the register. The clerk reportedly did not believe the young man could afford the item and the clerk and notified authorities. Christian has filed a lawsuit against both the high-end store, and the NYPD.
According to the suit, after his purchase, and exiting the store, Trayon was approached by police officers with questions: “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt?” He was shortly arrested afterwards and taken to the precinct, where they discovered the young man had NO prior arrest record of any kind. He was a student at the NYC college of Technology, with a part time job.
The lawsuit was reportedly filed this past Tuesday (October 22, 2013) in Manhattan, which says that Christian gave officers his identification, Chase debit card and the receipt from his purchase. Officers called Chase bank to verify the card’s owner and eventually released Christian once confirmation was received. Christian told the paper that he returned the belt and says he will never shop at Barneys again.
“His only crime was being a young black man,” his attorney, Michael Palillo, told New York Post.
What are YOUR thoughts on this situation?? Drop your comments below!