New York City will drop a challenge to a law making it easier to bring racial profiling cases against the police, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
The Rev. Al Sharpton says civil rights leaders met Monday with representatives from retail chains including Barneys, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and The Gap.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights is investigating anti-theft practices at Macy’s following multiple claims of racial profiling.
An internal Barneys memo sent to store security staff Tuesday said Barneys would start keeping a log of which police officers use its security room.
The allegations come on the heels of a scandal involving claims of racial profiling by employees at major retailers.
New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn) announced legislation Monday that would require the NYPD to disclose the extra police services it provides to businesses, in light of allegations of racial profiling at department stores.
A pair of City Council committees are holding a hearing Wednesday on allegations of racial bias in New York City department stores.
In a report released Tuesday, Barneys said it never asked its employees to check out two African-American customers who said they were victims of racial profiling.
In the face of racial profile allegations against Barneys New York, rapper Jay-Z says he will still sell his clothing line at the store.
The meeting follows an incident in which a leading actor on the HBO series “Treme” was detained nearly an hour by police after buying his mother an expensive watch.
The Rev. Al Sharpton was set to meet with the chief executive officer of Macy’s Monday to talk about allegations of racial profiling, according to a published report.
The judge had ruled that police officers violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of people by wrongly targeting black and Hispanic men with its stop-and-frisk program.
Two black customers accused the luxury store of racial profiling last week after they said they were detained by police on suspicion of credit card fraud after lawfully purchasing expensive items.
Brooklyn State Sen. Eric Adams wants the New York City’s Commission on Human Rights to look into reports of unfair treatment of African-American shoppers.
Art Palmer said purchased several hundred dollars of merchandise from Macy’s in April and then was stopped by four undercover police officers outside.