Monday, October 28, 2013

Talk heats over profiling claims by black NYC shoppers

Talk heats over profiling claims by black NYC shoppers: The issue over whether high-end department stores in New York City have wrongly targeted black shoppers – including movie actor Rob Brown – as potential thieves is escalating.

A New York State senator on Monday called on the city's Commission on Human Rights to investigate the allegations as a fourth black shopper stepped forward to claim he had been wrongly stopped by police after shopping.

Meantime, Mark Lee, CEO of Barneys New York , and senior executives from the pricey retailer are scheduled to meet Tuesday morning with the Rev. Al Sharpton and Hazel Dukes, president of the New York chapter of the NAACP, at the Harlem headquarters of Sharpton's National Action Network, Sharpton's office announced.

That news comes as the fourth black shopper in recent days stepped forward to allege he was profiled. Two of the cases involve Barneys New York and two involve the Macy's flagship store at Herald Square.