NEW YORK (PIX11) — Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into the “Shop and Frisk” scandal at Barneys and Macy’s is wasting little time.
PIX11 News has learned that the AG’s office has spoken with actor Rob Brown regarding his false arrest at Macys and they plan to meet with Trayon Christian, the 19-year-old in the Barneys on Friday.
On Thursday morning PIX11 News spoke with the attorneys for the latest case involving the arrest of an older Turkish woman back in 2010. A Macy’s spokeswoman said they will not comment on the new case due to litigation.
As for criticism and protests?
In the New York Daily News this past Saturday the Rev. Al Sharpton wrote an editorial demanding a meeting with Barneys.
On Tuesday he had his meeting with the CEO Mark Lee and photo op and stating, “We are alarmed that we are now dealing with a climate of ‘Shop and Frisk’.”
While Barneys endured a protest on Wednesday, there was nothing at Macys. An introduction at Tuesday news conference gave the impression that Sharpton is keeping himself at a distance from the Macy’s cases,
Senator Eric Adams told PIX 11 News Thursday afternoon through a spokesman that there are no plans to protest Macy’s.
It is interesting to note as there are now three cases, including one involving an HBO actor at the Macy’s flagship store in Midtown.
What is also intriguing is the prior relationship between Sharpton and Macy’s. A report by Politico in 2007 showed the entire itinerary for the annual National Action Network convention at the Sheraton New York. One of the speakers listed was Macy’s CEO Terry Lungren.
Finally in the spring of this year, Macy’s Sr. VP of External Affairs, Edward Goldberg, was a speaker at Sharpton’s NAN conference. Goldberg coincidentally was part of a panel called, “Holding Corporate America Accountable.”
Rachel Noerdlinger, a spokeswoman for the National Action Network and Rev. Al Sharpton confirmed to PIX 11 News in a statement that the organization has indeed received corporate donations from Macy’s for its annual conference, “Macy’s has bought a table at NAN’s Keepers of the Dream Awards as they have with other groups like NAACP, NUL, Rainbow Push.”
Noerdlinger did dispute the New York Post story from 2008 saying that “Rev. Sharpton has never been considered an advisor for Macy’s.”
PIX11 News reached out to a Macy’s spokesperson for a comment on the relationship between Sharpton and Macy’s, which is a publicly traded company on the NYSE.
The spokesperson offered up the following statement, “Macy’s has a rich history of supporting local and national community, multi-cultural and non-profit organizations. We do so to help strengthen our connection to the diverse marketplace we serve. Our scope of support can include financial and in-kind contributions, volunteerism, as well as, our attendance at various community based functions such as conferences, conventions, award and recognition dinners.”
A follow-up email asking the spokesperson to identify as to whether or not Sharpton was an unpaid adviser for Macy’s or if they are still supporting the National Action Network went unanswered.