MIDTOWN, Manhattan (PIX11) – Art Palmer is the latest alleged victim of shop-and-frisk, after spending a few hundred dollars shirts and ties from Macy’s on 34th Street.
Palmer left the store with two shopping bags and headed to the gym a few blocks away, but he was stopped short by police and found himself surrounded.
After everything checked out, Palmer said the officers explained why he was stopped. “They said, ‘The reason why we stopped you is because you were standing in an area at Macy’s where we could not see you,’” Palmer said.
Not a good reason says Senator Eric Adams, who has been on the front lines of stop-and-frisk.
Palmer’s ordeal plays out almost identical to three other New Yorkers who say they were targeted at Barneys and at Macy’s, humiliated after making honest purchases. They feel it was just because of the color of their skin.
Two of them have filed lawsuits and now that Palmer has come forward, a letter has been sent to the Human Rights Commission for a full investigation and to see if shop-an- frisk is bigger than just a problem at Macy’s or Barneys.