Rob Brown, 29 (pictured above), a Brooklyn-based actor who starred in Finding Forrester with Sean Connery and in HBO’s Treme, says he was handcuffed in Macy’s Herald Square for shopping while Black and has filed a lawsuit against the department store and the NYPD, reports the New York Post.
After buying a $1,000 Movado watch for his mother on June 8, Brown alleges in a lawsuit filed in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan that he was illegally searched by detectives. He was told that his identification was false and that he couldn’t afford to make such an expensive purchase. Brown was then “paraded while handcuffed” and detained in a Macy’s holding cell, forced to miss his mother’s graduation.
“You can’t let injustice roll like that,” the Amherst College grad told The Post.
“I’ll never get that time back. My mother was walking across the stage looking for me.”
He was released an hour later without charge.
Macy’s released a statement saying that they are currently investigating the incident.
Brown becomes the third high-profile case of a Black New Yorker suing the NYPD for racially profiling them while shopping.
Trayon Christian, 19, and Kayla Phillips, 21, both have lawsuits pending against Barneys New York after being accosted by police who accused them of stealing items from the store after making high-end purchases.