It seems as though the NYPD and several retailers have issues with black shoppers. First Barneys and now Macys. According to a lawsuit, cops allegedly targeted Rob Brown, 29, who starred in “Finding Forrester” and “Treme”. Brown says he was detained after buying a watch for his mother in Macy’s Herald Square.
The suit, which was filed on Friday, makes it the third shop-and-frisk lawsuit filed against the NYPD since May.
“You can’t let injustice roll like that,” the Amherst College grad told The Post, adding that the cops made him miss his mom’s college graduation. I’ll never get that time back. My mother was walking across the stage looking for me.”
Just like the previous Barney shoppers, Brown was detained after making the purchase with his credit card.
Brown says he was illegally searched by undercover detectives near the Sunglass Hut inside Macy’s after he bought his mom a $1,000 Movado watch on June 8.
“Police officers ran up to him, arrested him, and then kept him in a jail cell in Macy’s,” Elefterakis said.
After handing over his ID, Brown “was told that his identification was false and that he could not afford to make such an expensive purchase,” says his suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Brown was detained by cops for more than an hour and released without being charged, the suit says.
Brown’s attorney, Nicholas Elefterakis, said “it’s an epidemic. It’s unbelievable.”
Macy’s takes very seriously the accusations made by Mr. Robert Brown. The allegations are especially concerning given that our company does not tolerate discrimination of any kind, including racial profiling. We are reaching out to Mr. Brown so we can better understand the situation.
Since being made aware of Mr. Brown’s lawsuit late Friday, Macy’s has begun a thorough investigation of the events related to the incident on June 8, 2013, which are the basis for the lawsuit.
The initial findings of our investigation include the following:Macy’s personnel were not involved in Mr. Brown’s detention or questioning. This was an operation of the New York City Police Department.
We have no record of authorities being summoned to the Sunglass Hut department or other portions of the store based on the purchases made by Mr. Brown. Macy’s procedures would have required a store associate to alert Macy’s Loss Prevention department of any suspicious activity. There were no such reports.
Macy’s permitted the New York City Police Department, at its request, to use a room in the Macy’s Herald Square store in relation to its detention of Mr. Brown, but Macy’s personnel were not involved.
Our company will continue to investigate all aspects of our alleged involvement in this incident, and to cooperate fully with the courts and the New York City Police Department, with which we have a close and important working relationship.
If Macy’s policies are found to have been violated, we will take swift and decisive action.