Barneys New York

Barneys New York

Barneys New York has settled a lawsuit by a black teen who said he was racially profiled by the luxury store’s Manhattan location.

Trayon Christian sued Barneys and the city of New York claiming his civil rights were violated when he was handcuffed and detained by police for two hours in April, 2013 after buying a $349 Ferragamo belt with his savings.

Although the amount paid by Barneys was not disclosed, New York City has agreed to pay Christian $45,000 for the police officer’s part in the situation.

Nick Paolucci, a spokesman for the city’s law department, said on Tuesday. “Settling was in the best interest of the city,” he said.

Last year the store agreed to pay a $525,000 fine, hire an anti-profiling consultant and re-train its employees in a settlement with New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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    I remember this story when it came out. Many black people have been the victims of racial profiling in Barneys and in other places nationwide. Like usual, the guilty parties gave a settlement to the innocent victim in an attempt for Barneys and the NYPD to save face. Trayon Christian was blatantly violated of his human rights. He sued and he had every right and justification to sue. He deserves not only a settlement, but the people who, mistreated him, should be fired and face other forms of accountability. I wish the best for Trayon Christian. Also, there must be widespread solutions. There should be local, state, and federal laws to ban racial profiling explicitly and we have every right to defend our human dignity. No black person should experience being follow unjustly or falsely treated as a criminal inside of any store. There are plenty of stories where black people are treated in a heavily racist, biased fashion. We are tired of this and we desire real changes, so future generations won’t have to deal with some of the things that we have dealt with.