Macy’s fined $650K by Attorney General for targeting minority shoppers

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman fined Macy's $650,000 in response to cases of racial profiling by the retail giant.

PIX11 News was the first to break the entire story of actor Rob Brown's unlawful arrest at Macy's.  An arrest that was voided by the NYPD after Brown said they wrongfully profiled him.

On the morning of Oct. 25, 2013 Brown told PIX11 News,"They put me in cuffs and paraded me through the store."

He also said "They kept telling me, 'your card is fake, you're going to jail.' It was very clear that this was a lost cause."

When asked as to whether or not he had identification, Brown said, "I had plenty of ID on me Mario, plenty of ID."

As for the reasoning behind his arrest, Brown said, "I think it's because I'm black. Now I'm trying to bring a little bit of levity to that but that is the only reason I can think of."

PIX11 News report on Brown put the shop and frisk scandal on the national map.  PIX11 News also uncovered that an executive with Macy's Loss Prevention was still in place after being named as defendant in a previous racial profiling scandal from a decade ago in which Macy's was fined.

The fine comes a week after Barneys was fined more than $500,000 by the AG's office for additional profiling cases.

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