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Barneys hires civil rights expert, CEO says no customer of store should be accosted by cops

Posted Oct 25, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The chief executive of Barneys New York has apologized following claims by two black customers that they were detained by police after making purchases and retained a civil rights expert to review the upscale department store's policies and procedures.

CEO Mark Lee said a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Michael Yaki, will oversee a review of fairness and equality practices and will have full access to all store operations, NBC New York reports.

The store has also contacted community leaders to "begin a dialogue on this important issue," the CEO said.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Black student says he was detained for buying a $349 belt at upscale store, files civil rights suit"

ABAJournal.com: "2nd black shopper plans Barneys suit, says she was stopped by cops after buying a $2,500 purse"

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