Tag: racial profiling

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National

Sharpton demands profiling guarantee from Macy’s

The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, accompanied by Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Hazel Dukes, president of the New York State chapter of the NAACP, speaks to the media outside Macy’s flagship store, in New York, after a meeting with the CEO of Macy’s to talk about racial profiling, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) by Deepti HajelaAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton said he and other civil rights leaders had a “brutally honest” meeting Monday with the CEO of Macy’s over racial profiling, and demanded that the department store lay out how they will guarantee the practice doesn’t happen before the holiday shopping season begins. The meeting on Monday with CEO Terry Lundgren follows an incident in which an actor on the HBO series “Treme” was detained by police after buying his mother a $1,350 Movado watch. Robert Brown filed a lawsuit last month after he said he was stopped inside Macy’s flagship Manhattan store last June because he is Black. Brown’s accusation came after two other Black shoppers said they were racially profiled and detained by police after making expensive purchases at Barneys New York. In a statement, Macy’s said it doesn’t tolerate discrimination of any kind and “considers its loss prevention policies to be among the very best and most progressive in the retailing industry.”

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National

Next step in stop-frisk depends on new NYC mayor

New York City Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, left, and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, participate in their first televised debate at WABC/Channel 7 studios on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in New York. The debate, the first of three before the Nov. 5 general election, was hosted by the New York Daily News, WABC-TV, Noticias 41 Univision and the League of Women Voters. (AP Photo/The Daily News, James Keivom, Pool) by Jonathan Lemire and Colleen LongAssociated Press WritersNEW YORK (AP) — Front-running mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio faces political and legal dilemmas now that a judge’s ruling critical of the police department’s stop-and-frisk tactic has been blocked.

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National

Sharpton threatens store boycott over profile suit

This July 26, 2013 file photo shows the Rev. Al Sharpton gestures as he takes part in a panel discussion during the National Urban League’s annual conference in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by Karen MatthewsAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton threatened Saturday to boycott luxury retailer Barneys if the department store doesn’t respond adequately to allegations by Black shoppers that they were racially profiled there. “We’ve gone from stop and frisk to shop and frisk, and we are not going to take it,” the Black civil rights leader said. “We are not going to live in a town where our money is considered suspect and everyone else’s money is respected.”

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International

French court: ID checks on minorities deemed legal

Lawyers acting for the plaintiff, Slim ben Achour, left, and Felix de Belloy talk during a press conferene in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) PARIS (AP) — A French court on Wednesday rejected claims that police identity checks on 13 people from minority groups were racist, saying officers didn’t overstep any legal boundaries.

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People

Hollywood couple stopped by police, say they were racially profiled

Actors Dennis White and Cherie Johnson pose together for a photo on September 27. (Photo/Cherie Johnson/iReport) by Katie Hawkins-Gaar and Alan Duke (CNN) — Hollywood couple Cherie Johnson and Dennis White say they were improperly stopped by police, put in handcuffs, and harshly questioned during a recent weekend getaway in South Carolina. They claim the incident took place because of their race. Johnson, best known for her roles in TV shows “Punky Brewster” and “Family Matters,” and White, from the movie “Notorious,” are speaking out about their treatment by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy on September 22.

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International

Swedish Gypsy file brings racial profiling fears

Marcello Demeter stands on the balcony of his apartment in a Stockholm suburb. (AP Photo/David Mac Dougall) by Malin RisingAssociated Press WriterSTOCKHOLM (AP) — In his suburban Stockholm apartment, Marcello Demeter sits at the kitchen table with two of his daughters — and wonders how they got on the list that has sent Sweden into an uproar. About a week ago, the 42-year-old Swede found out that he and his wife, their three children and at least three of their grandchildren were on a secret police register purportedly created to help fight violent crime. The reason? They are Gypsies.