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Trayon Christian Wins Settlement From New York City Over “Shop & Frisk” Profiling At Barneys


(AllHipHop News) Back in 2013, Trayon Christian insisted he was wrongfully profiled at a Barneys New York store in NYC. After purchasing a $349 Ferragamo belt, Christian claimed he was stopped by two undercover NYPD detectives just because he was a young, black male. A Barneys employee apparently contacted police over concerns the debit card Christian used for the purchase may not have been his.

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Christian later sued Barneys and the city over violation of his civil rights. According to reports, the New York City College of Technology engineering student has now won a $45,000 settlement from NYC.

“Settling was in the best interest of the city,” said Nick Paolucci, a spokesperson for the city’s law department.

In 2014, Barneys agreed to pay $525,000 in fines to settle claims of racial profiling. The company also agreed to implement measures to reduce profiling of African Americans by employees. It is not clear if Christian or any other customers that filed complaints were awarded money directly from Barneys.

The Barneys “Shop & Frisk” or “Shopping While Black” stories became national news partly due to superstar rapper Jay Z debuting a special collection at the high-end retailer around the same time the profiling complaints became public.

There were calls for the Hip Hop mogul to cancel his partnership with Barneys, but Jay decided to move forward with the holiday release. The concerns of profiling eventually led to 100% of the proceeds from sales of the BNY SCC collection being donated to the Shawn Carter Foundation.

[ALSO READ: Jay Z’s Controversial Barneys Collection Surpasses $1 Million In Sales]

  • Q.

    RACISM COSTS. Now, if this kid is wise, he’ll take that 45K and pay off his education bills until graduation, and not trick it off on more overpriced bullsh!t luxury items.

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      always you broke forever peons jealously looking at other’s money

      • Q.

        This coming from a sociopathic retard living off of disability benefits. N!gga, shut the fvck up.

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  • At least he got SOMETHING. Brothers I know get profiled weekly and don’t get sh*t….

  • Isa Ibn Maryam

    “The company also agreed to implement measures to reduce profiling of African Americans by employees.”

    The fact that they released a statement like that should give you pause.

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  • Oopster

    Now he can get the Balenciaga sneakers to match

  • Soulrebel1

    This is what’s wrong with our culture, you’re a college student and save your money from a part time job to buy a $400 belt just to pull females, in college all the white dudes looked like bums and got drunk and smashed white chick, while we was worrying about stunting…

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      wrong – that comment proves you know nothing about college — but anyway , explain whats wrong with it

      • Soulrebel1

        Nobody takes you serious troll….