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Retailers, political figures, and community activists met Friday to discuss racial profiling and loss prevention in stores. The recent claims of racial profiling, and their resultant lawsuits, at Macy's and Barneys' New York City flagship stores were the catalyst for the meeting. Those stores attended the summit, as well as reps from Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, and more.
Other notables included Reverand Al Sharpton, Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, and leaders from the National Urban League, the New York Civil Liberties Union, Brooklyn's National Action Network chapter, and the state's NAACP conference. The meeting was organized by the Retail Council of New York State and the New York Metropolitan Retailing Association.
The summit was closed to press, but parties involved report that it was "productive, honest and candid," though concerns were expressed over the lack of New York Police Department participation. The next move is "a task force which will be charged with working on industry-wide policies and standards," which meets for the first time today.
· Meeting Opens to Discuss Racial Profiling [WWD]
· Macy's, Barneys Will Lead 'Shop-and-Frisk' Forum For Retailers [Racked NY]
· New York Attorney General Contacts Barneys, Macy's [Racked NY]