Macy’s Says Its Employees Not Involved in ‘Shop and Frisk’ Allegations

(ABC) Two New York department stores are defending themselves against allegations of racial discrimination from shoppers, who say they were wrongly accused of shoplifting because of their race.

Both Macy's and Barneys are facing lawsuits from customers, who say they were either arrested or detained shortly after legally purchasing an item at the stores.

The most recent accusation comes from "Treme" actor Robert Brown, 29, who filed a lawsuit against Macy's that alleges he was "paraded" through the store in handcuffs after he purchased a $1,350 watch for his mom.

"I believe that I was profiled," Brown, who is black, said during a press conference on Friday. Brown's lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages, although his lawyer John Elefterakis said, "This is about justice, not money."

According to court documents, Brown alleges that three undercover police officers or detectives detained him after he made a high-price purchase on a credit card. Although he said he showed them his I.D. to prove that the credit card was his, they initially accused him of fraud before he was "paraded while handcuffed" through the store.

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