The cop claimed a Black man who worked at the store called the cops but there was no such Black person.
A white cop has been accused of racial profiling after he stopped two Black women coming out of a TJ Maxx. The cop claimed that someone had accused them of shoplifting but couldn't point to the person when asked. The women returned to the store and produced receipts for all their purchases, and filmed the incident to expose the cop. They started filming inside the store and confronted the cop after he stopped them. He said that the person who told him the women had shoplifted worked at the store, and later claimed that they didn't, reported God.dailydot. The cop said a Black man who worked there complained but the only Black man who works there confirmed he didn't call the cops on them.
The video was uploaded on Facebook and many were convinced that the cop had stopped them simply because of their race. The women started filming the incident to protect themselves as countless members of the African-American community do to protect themselves from cops from targeting them. Many users were convinced that filming the incident had put the cop in a fix and exposed him. A Black man at the store backed up the women and repeatedly pointed out to the police officer that the women had the receipts for the items they bought.
The woman who uploaded the video on Facebook wrote, "This video is 20 minutes of cops trying to say we stole out of GILLETTE T J Maxx. RACIAL PROFILING at its worst. Please forgive some of the language. Y’all say black men don’t stand up for black women. Today, I’m here to prove that myth wrong. I wanna say thank you to this stranger. You stood ten toes down with yo Sistas today." She also asked the man to contact them so they could thank him.
“He goin’ stop us outside and say somebody called on us that we were suspicious,” explains one of the women in the video. “So I came back in with my receipt, and everything on it, that I bought my s–t. Why would I steal from TJ Maxx?” After producing all the receipts for their purchases, they ask the police officer to produce the 'Black' person who accused them of shoplifting. The staff at the store make it clear they did not accuse the women of stealing anything. When asked where the 'accuser' is, the cop says they'll “come out in a second” but no one comes out.
He then tries to wash his hands off the problem and walk away from a serious accusation by simply saying, “If there’s no problem, then there’s no problem.” The women backed by the supportive Black stranger tells the police officer he made a very serious accusation against them, reinforcing the stereotype that Black people shoplift, and embarrassed them publicly. They pointed out that he was part of the system that targets the African-American community.
Exhausted by the accusations, the women demand that all their items be returned to the store so that they can get their money back. The cop also says he wants to check other bags in the women's car, despite having shown the receipts for the bags paid for at TJ Maxx. The man puts the cop on the spot, by telling him that if he's sure they stole something, then press charges. The cop starts to back out claiming he doesn't want to press charges. The cop states that he's just here to validate the purchase, but isn't able to produce the person who allegedly complained to him. After initially saying someone called him, the cop says the person complained to him outside the store.
A TJ Maxx spokesperson denied that any employee at the store had called the police on the women. “We can confirm that the plainclothes detective and police officers seen on this video do not work for our company, and that the Associates working in our store did not initiate these actions,” read a statement. “Involvement from our Associates was at the direct request of law enforcement.”
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