Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Black Teen Sues NYC Police For Arresting Him After He Bought A $350 Designer Belt
Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old college student from Queens New York, was recently arrested and locked in a jail cell after he bought a $350 designer belt at Barneys on the famous Madison Avenue. Christian says the police assumed he stole the belt.
In his lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Christian says that when he made the purchase, the sales clerk asked to see his identification. After leaving the store, he was approached by police about a block away, and asked "how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt."
Next, the police arrested him and took him to a local precinct, where he showed police his identification, his debit card, and the receipt proving that he paid for the belt. But police did not believe him, and call his bank for further verification.
After finally being released and not charged for a crime, Christian returned the belt to the store he bought it from saying he "didn't want to have nothing to do with it." Christian, who has no prior arrests, then filed a lawsuit against the city and Barneys (the store) for unspecified damages as a result of "great physical and mental distress and humiliation."
His lawyer said, "His only crime was being a young black man."
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