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December 10, 2013 / Corina Valderrama

Macy’s Hit with Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Racial Profiling

Rob Brown, the star of HBO’s “Treme,” filled a federal filed a federal class action lawsuit against Macy’s department store for alleged racial profiling. Brown claims he was handcuffed by NYPD cops after buying an expensive watch and for being black.

The actor purchased a $1,300 Movado watch for his mother from the Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square in New York City. Shortly after his purchase, he was stopped by three white NYPD cops who “publicly and falsely” accused Brown of credit card fraud. According to Brown, he was then taken to a holding cell where he was berated for an hour and only released after cops realized that he was a successful actor.

The complaint cites 14 other minority customers who have sued Macy’s because they were allegedly singled out mainly out of suspicion because of their race. The lawsuit also states that Macy’s has not changed its security practices in light of a 2005 settlement with the Attorney General over racial profiling complaints.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of racial profiling please contact Khorrami Boucher Sumner and Sanguinetti, LLP for a private consultation.

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