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.
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.
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.
The Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday called threatened to boycott the luxury retailer Barneys, in response to allegations by shoppers who claimed they were racially profiled.
In response to charges of racial profiling at Barneys, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said it’s a daily phenomenon for police officers to be called in by high-end retailers to investigate suspected shoplifting and credit card fraud.
Barneys New York department store said Thursday it has reached out to community leaders to start a dialogue.
City College of Technology student Trayon Christian, 19, said the store and police targeted him because they didn’t think he could afford a $300 Ferragamo belt.