Racially Profiled Student Sues Barneys [VIDEO]
We all know we should never judge a book by it's cover. Tell that to the Police! They arrested a young black man because they assumed he stole a designer belt from Barneys in New York. Now he is suing the high profile designer boutique for racial profiling!
New York City College of Technology student Trayon Christian, who was 18 at the time, entered Barneys New York on Madison Avenue on April 29 to buy a Ferragamo belt he had seen rappers wear on television, according to his attorney Michael Palillo.
When Christian went to pay for the belt with his debit card, a Barneys cashier asked for identification. Christian showed the cashier his driver's license, paid for the belt with his card, signed the receipt and left. He walked a block before two undercover police officers stopped and arrested him for credit card fraud alleged by Barneys. After spending two hours in a holding cell, Police confirmed that this was a legitimate purchase and gave a fake apology before releasing the student.
The student's attorney said this is a clear case of racial profiling by the department store and police.
"This is an outrage. He committed no crime," he said. "He's a young black male who likes fashion. You really hate to think that in today's day and age that people are still being judged by the color of their skin," he said.
Tyson Beckford is the first celebrity to speak out about this incident saying:
"We might have a Black President, but we're still gonna get followed by security.. It happens and Macy's and even Walmart. When they're looking at us, the other guy is getting away doing the bad stuff!"