Barneys New York says it will immediately start monitoring New York Police Department officers as they monitor shoppers in its flagship Manhattan store. The move comes after black customers alleged they were racially profiled when they were stopped by police after making luxury purchases.
An internal Barneys memo sent to store security staff Tuesday said the department store would start keeping a log of police officers who use its security room. The memo said Barneys will maintain video and audio surveillance of the room where security staff and police watch monitors set up around the store.
The memo adds that any officer using the room shall provide “a reasonable description of the individual or individuals that they wish to place under surveillance and the reason the police wish to place such individuals under surveillance.”
The directive comes after two black shoppers said they were racially profiled at Barneys earlier this year.
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