A Queens teenager has filed a lawsuit against Barneys and the NYPD, claiming he was racially profiled at the luxury department store, according to the Daily News.
Trayon Christian, 19, who is black, was stopped by two plainclothes officers after buying a $349 belt. Christian said he used a debit card with his name on it and showed identification to purchase the belt.
He said staffers thought his debit card was fake and the cops subsequently took him to the precinct. Christian said he was held in a cell for two hours before being released with an apology.
However, an NYPD spokeswoman said he was brought into the precinct at 7:04 p.m. and was allowed to leave approximately 42 minutes later after the card was determined to be authentic.
Now, Christian is suing both Barneys and NYPD for the incident, citing unspecified damages.
According to the lawsuit, the whole ordeal at Barneys caused Christian “great physical and mental distress and humiliation.”
“His reputation and character were injured and he was embarrassed,” court documents said.