High-Dollar Department Store Barneys Has Teen Arrested for Being Black

From the New York Daily News:

“The detectives were asking me, ‘How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from?’” he said.

He was handcuffed and taken to the 19th Precinct stationhouse, he said.

According to his lawsuit, he was detained in a holding cell for about two hours.

He was then released with his debit card, his belt and an apology from the police, Christian said.


Christian—a full-time engineering student who saved up to buy the belt thanks to weeks at a work-study job—later returned the purchase to Barney's. He says he's never shopping there again, and he's now suing both the store and the NYPD. “Why me? I guess because I'm a young black man, and people thought that I was [someone to do a credit card scam],” he told NBC New York. “They probably think that black people don't have money like that.” A necessary reminder: Racist shitheads are everywhere.

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