Police Detain Student for ‘Shopping While Black’

Published On October 24, 2013 » 598 Views» By Jaz Joyner » Home, Main, News Roundup
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Barneys busted student for ‘shopping while black’


A Queens college student plans to sue Barneys after buying a luxury belt and subsequently being detained by police, according to recent reports.

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After saving up from his part time job, NYC College of Technology college student Trayon Christian, 19, decided to treat himself to a Salvatore Ferragamo belt he’d been admiring. As he left Barney’s, belt in tow, he was stopped by an undercover officer that questioned his “purchase,” implying because he is young and black, he wouldn’t be able to afford such an item.

“How a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt,” (undercover officer said) according to the suit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The Barney’s clerk had called police earlier to claim Christians identification was fake, leading to Trayon being forced to accompany the police and be questioned. People found Trayon’s record was clean and since his i.d checked out, he was then able to leave.

Due to this event of shopping while black, Trayon Christian is suing both Barneys and the NYPD. Christian has expressed he has no desire to ever shop at Barneys again.

“His only crime was being a young black man,” his attorney, Michael Palillo, told The Post.


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Jaz Joyner graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies. After graduation, Joyner wrote a Young Adult adventure novel and made the move from Tennessee to New York City to further creative opportunities. Joyner is an LGBTQ advocate and looks to mold a substantial career that incorporates advocacy and a joy of writing in all genres. jassoandso.com

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