Barneys report counters profiling allegations

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 11:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A review commissioned by Barneys New York finds that the store does not have a written or unwritten policy to racially profile customers.

The store had asked San Francisco attorney Michael Yaki, who serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to look into two recent accounts from black customers who say police stopped them at the store after they made expensive purchases. Barneys ordered the review after a furor erupted over the encounters.

Yaki's review was obtained by The Associated Press. It says the store employees did not request or initiate the actions of police. The police department has said that in both cases, officers acted after conferring with Barneys employees.

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