NEW YORK — In a lawsuit involving allegations of racial profiling, a Texas state court in Jefferson County has ordered Dillard’s Department Stores not to destroy certain security personnel notebooks and logs.

The order arose from a lawsuit filed in March 2002 by 18 individuals, all African-American, alleging false imprisonment, assault, battery, emotional distress and invasion of privacy. The charges of the plaintiffs — 12 adults and six teens — were focused on security guards at Dillard’s stores in Beaumont and Port Arthur, Tex.

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