By  on November 21, 2013

NEW YORK — Recent allegations of racial bias in department stores were tackled in a three-and-a-half hour New York City Council hearing at City Hall Wednesday. The hearing was convened by the Committee of Civil Rights and the Committee of Oversight and Investigations.

The forum stemmed from recent racial profiling allegations leveled against Macy’s and Barneys New York, whereby three black shoppers were detained by the New York Police Department after making purchases at the stores. In addition to lawsuits filed against the stores, the City and the NYPD, New York’s Attorney General is investigating the allegations.

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