Fourth New Yorker Accuses A Department Store Of Racial Profiling
According to CNN “A fourth New Yorker is saying that he was targeted outside a New York City department store because of his race.
Art Palmer, 56, of Brooklyn told CNN he was stopped by New York Police Department officers in April after he left the Macy’s department store in Herald Square. He had two bags of merchandise on him — about eight items total — when, he said, police stopped him and searched both bags to see if his receipts matched what was in the bags.
After being detained for about 10 minutes, Palmer said, police released him and told him he had been stopped because they had lost track of him on store surveillance cameras.
Palmer said he has spoken to management at Macy’s and officers at the NYPD midtown police precinct about the incident, and was told that the officers who stopped him outside the store were just doing their jobs.
Palmer said that with the help of state Sen. Eric Adams, he has filed a complaint with the civilian review board.
Macy’s and the NYPD could not be reached for comment about the incident.
The allegation of racial profiling comes after one other involving the same Macy’s department store and two involving Barneys New York.
HBO television actor Robert Brown said at a news conference this month that he was racially profiled at the Herald Square Macy’s in June. Brown said at least three plainclothes officers stopped him, accused him of using a fraudulent credit card and detained him inside the store.
Brown, star of HBO’s “Treme,” has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD seeking yet-to-be-specified damages, he said.
The NYPD did not respond to CNN’s request for comment about Brown’s claims.”