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Racial Profiling Prompted Call To Cops At Brooklyn Vintage Store, Woman Claims

May 12, 2018 - 11:58 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Protestors at a vintage clothing store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn claim a black woman and her biracial daughter were wrongly accused of shoplifting.

Philip Sturges says his wife -- a lawyer -- and his college student daughter were profile at Amarcord.

"The fact that it was a white woman that made the accusation, and my wife and daughter are both black. I don't think the situation would have gone down the way it did if it had been a white person," he said.

A store employee called police, and Nancy Bedard said they just made it worse.

"They didn't ask us any questions, then another set of police officers came and started bothering us, they were pulling on our hands, they had handcuffed my daughter and I together," Nancy Bedard said.

Police found nothing and released the two, who went to Woodhull Hospital to get checked out.

The store owners released a statement apologizing and the two officers are facing an internal investigation for the handcuffing.