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06.04.15 Liam Mathews

Four former CVS “market investigators” filed suit against the pharmacy chain in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday, alleging that managers at locations in Manhattan and Queens instructed them to racially profile black and Hispanic shoppers, the New York Daily News reports. The anti-shoplifting security guards were “directed to follow utterly despicable and racist directives. Specifically, […]

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04.07.15 Liam Mathews

In court documents filed this week, luxury retailer Barneys says it didn’t violate anyone’s civil rights by calling the police on a 20-year-old black man who bought an expensive belt from Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship in 2013. “At most, (Barneys) is merely alleged to have notified the NYPD of plaintiff’s purchase. Simply providing information to […]

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03.10.15 Bucky Turco

Two young men who were killing time by taking some photos in front of a Brooklyn synagogue have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the NYPD, which is good considering they didn’t do anything wrong in the first place. In a classic knee-jerk reaction, the New York Post (and then the rest of the local […]

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12.24.14 Rhett Jones

As tensions between citizens, protestors and the NYPD continue, a new report says that even cops fall victim to a system that many say intentionally targets minorities. Many blacks cops have stated that they were racially profiled by other cops when out of uniform. Reuters reports: Reuters interviewed 25 African American male officers on the […]

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08.11.14 Sophie Weiner

After an investigation into Barney’s racist profiling practices, the company has agreed to pay out a settlement of $525,000. Starting in 2012, Barney’s was accused of targeting minorities for surveillance and suspicion by several shoppers and former employees. The investigation found that black and Hispanic customers were followed and accused of shoplifting and fraud much more […]

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12.10.13 Andy Cush

On the heels of news that Barneys had changed its store policy to make it more difficult for in-store cops to racially profile customers comes this “bill of rights” aimed at ending profiling at that retailer and several others. The bill, which was agreed upon by retail executives and community leaders including Al Sharpton, is […]

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11.29.13 Andy Cush

After two high-profile cases involving black shoppers being accused of fraud at Barneys New York, the store has enacted a new policy aimed at reducing racial profiling by employees and the NYPD. According to the Daily News, police officers’ access to the room where employees watch surveillance camera feed will be limited to times when cops can […]

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07.29.13 Julia Dawidowicz

“Innocent until proven guilty” doesn’t mean much when it’s this easy to be “proven guilty.” Case in point: Donald Andrews, the owner of a head shop in Scotia, New York, who was the target of a paid police informant’s bogus drug bust in April. All it took was a sneakily planted crack-cocaine baggie onto the […]

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07.01.09 Will Sherman

The city is paying $25k to settle a racial profiling lawsuit brought against the NYPD by a southeast Asian man who claims he was racially targeted for stops and searches. Since police began inspecting subway riders in 2005, Jangir Sultan was searched 21 times at various stations. The NYPD claims he was randomly selected for […]

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06.03.09 Will Sherman

A southeast Asian man’s lawsuit accusing the NYPD of racial profiling has been quietly settled by the city. Jangir Sultan was searched 21 times since the police began rummaging thorough straphangers’ bags in 2005. His lawyers say “the chances of being randomly stopped that many times is 1 in 165 million” and want the cops […]

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