Barneys isn’t the only store being accused of racial discrimination. Neighboring city superstore Macy’s has also been slapped with a lawsuit implicating the luxury store of racial profiling against an African American shopper. But this wasn’t just any regular Joe Schmoe..
Grammy award winning actor Robert Brown, most known for his starring role opposite Sean Connery in the film “Finding Forrester,” has filled a civil lawsuit against the retail store and the NYPD, stating he was unlawfully restrained & searched by undercover police officers on June 8, 2013.
29 year old Brown was stopped after making a purchase at the Sunglass Hut store located inside the Macy’s flagship location in New York’s Herald Square. According to the Manhattan Supreme Court suit, Brown presented his ID to the cops but was told by the police “his identification was false and that he could not afford to make such an expensive purchase.” The Brooklyn resident says he was then arrested and detained by cops for over an hour before finally being released without any charges.
This isn’t the first time Macy’s has dealt with a racial discrimination lawsuit. In 2005, the company paid New York state $600,000 to settle a complaint that its New York department stores were racially profiling shoppers and unlawfully handcuffing, and arresting them while they were being detained on ‘suspicion‘ of shoplifting.
So now, the question is, if two young innocent Black kids and an innocent wealthy award winning actor cannot buy select items in these so called high end stores, who the hell can??