It looks as though Barneys is a bit worried about the NYPD, or they’re doing a good job of pretending to be.
In an internal memo, obtained by the Associated Press, Barneys told store security staff that they would start keeping a log of which police officers use its security room. The memo said Barneys would maintain video and audio surveillance of the room where security staff and police watch monitors set up around the store.
The changes in security come after two black shoppers said they were racially profiled this year. Trayvon Christian sued Barneys after he attempted to purchase a $349 Ferragamo belt in April, but was accused of credit card fraud. Kayla Phillips said she was detained outside of the store after purchasing a $2,500 Celine handbag in February.
Last week, Barneys attorney found that the store does not have a written or unwritten policy to profile customers based on race and did not initiate any police action against the two customers.
The NYPD said they only responded to both incidents after conferring with Barneys employees. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said officers don’t just hang out at department stores but are there investigating crimes.
An NYPD spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the Barneys memo.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said that the memo “seems like a big step forward,” but that his National Action Network is still reviewing it.