Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s subpoenaed over ‘shop-and-frisk’ claims

Macy’s has until Dec. 10 to provide the city’s Commission on Human Rights with information on its security policies. Credit: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has issued a subpoena to Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s after the stores failed to provide information on their security policies.

The commission sent requests to 17 retailers on Nov. 13 after three shoppers, including HBO actor Robert Brown, claimed they were racially profiled at Barneys and Macy’s.

“It is disappointing that they have not fully cooperated in the commission’s investigation into recent allegations of racial profiling at some of the city’s larger retail stores, and instead sought to dictate the terms and scope of our investigation,” Commissioner Patricia Gatling said in a statement.

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, both owned by Macy’s, Inc., have until Dec. 10 to comply with the requests and provide details on their policies.

“[We] are continuing to work toward an arrangement that satisfies the commission’s legitimate investigatory needs and protects our proprietary business interests. We are hopeful that we can reach a mutually satisfactory arrangement,” a Macy’s spokesperson said, according to the New York Daily News.

Gatling said the commission also plans to issue subpoenas to Old Navy and Banana Republic after those stores also failed to hand over the information.


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