A black student who says he was profiled by Barneys NY for purchasing an expensive designer belt won a $45,000 settlement from the retail giant.
Trayon Christian said he used his debit card to purchase a $349 Ferragano belt at the Barneys’ flagship store on Fifth Avenue on April 27, 2013.
Christian said he was followed out of the department store and “hassled” by two undercover NYPD detectives.
The former engineering student at the New York City College of Technology said the police didn’t believe he could afford the expensive designer belt.
“They said my card wasn’t real, it was fake. They said someone at Barneys called to report it,” Christian told The NY Daily News in October 2013.
The detectives demanded to look in his bag, and they asked him if he was employed and where he worked.
“The detectives were asking me, ‘How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from?’” Christian told the News.
Not satisfied with his truthful answers, the detectives cuffed Christian and took him to the 19th Precinct stationhouse.
Two hours later police released Christian and offered a weak apology. They returned his belt and his debit card, he said.
In October 2014 Barneys paid $525,000 to settle other racial profiling claims.
Barneys’ business partnership with rap mogul Jay Z in 2013 tarnished the 47-year-old’s image in the black community.
Attorneys for the family of Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving High School student who made international headlines after being arrested earlier this year for bringing a homemade clock to school, have sent letters to both the city of Irving and the Irving School District demanding apologies and $15 million in damages.
Both letters claim that Mohamed’s civil rights were violated, and he and his family have suffered physical and mental anguish because of the ordeal.
The letters claim Ahmed was singled out “because of his race, national origin, and religion.”
“Ahmed never threatened anyone, never caused harm to anyone, and never intended to,” read the letter to the city. “The only one who was hurt that day was Ahmed, and the damages he suffered were not because of oversight or incompetence. The school and city officials involved knew what they needed to do to protect Ahmed’s rights. They just decided not to do it.
The letters demand $10 million be paid to the family by the City of Irving, and $5 million from the school district.
The family also wants written apologies from Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, “acknowledging that she has never been presented with any evidence that Ahmed was a ‘pawn’ in any ‘civilization jihad’ or that the events here were planned by Ahmed’s family or friends as part of an ‘influence operation.'”
They also want apologies from the school district, as well as Police Chief Larry Boyd, saying Mohamed “never intended to threaten anyone, and that his detention, interrogation, and arrest were wrongful and were made at a point in time when there was no reasonable suspicion to believe that Ahmed had committed a crime or was about to commit any crime.”
The family’s attorney ends the letters by saying civil action will be filed if the demands are not met within 60 days. Read the letters below.
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Oprah Winfrey is considering a bid to buy the Clippers if current owner Donald Sterling is forced to sell the team, sources tell ESPN. Winfrey would team with fellow billionaires David Geffen and Larry Ellison in the bid for the franchise.
On Tuesday, the NBA banned Sterling from the league for life and fined him $2.5 million for racist comments made to his girlfriend and recorded in an audio tape released to the media. The NBA’s 29 other owners will now vote on forcing Sterling to sell the franchise.