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Commission on Human Rights Subpoenas Major NYC Retailers

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According to new reports, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Banana Republic, and Old Navy have all been issued subpoenas from the Commission on Human Rights to hand over information on loss prevention policies and "procedures for approaching and detaining individuals suspected of theft." DNAinfo writes that the Commission contacted the retailers on November 13th, and they have until December 10th to adhere to the request.

NYC Human Rights Commissioner Patricia Gatling explains, "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."

Barneys has allegedly just brought on Jay Z to assist with "creating new guidelines" on how the department store will work with the NYPD going forward. WWD explains that he "met with the retailer and given his input on an internal advisory council that will be formed around the issue of racial profiling."
· Stores Hit With Subpoenas Over Shop-and-Frisk [DNAinfo]
· Hispanic NYPD Officer Files $40M Suit Over Macy's Profiling [Racked NY]
· New York Attorney General Contacts Barneys and Macy's [Racked NY]

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