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Commission Issues Findings On Racial Profiling Cases

Last updated on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

(UNDATED) - The Indiana Civil Rights Commission has issued probable cause findings on three cases involving racial profiling.

Commission spokesperson Brad Meadows says the cases all involve Indianapolis businesses.

Meadows says Dots clothing store is accused of profiling African American women. Meadows says three sisters were stopped and accused of shoplifting. Investigators found the trio did not shoplift, but were surrounded by police and were treated like criminals.

Another case involved an African American woman was denied specific training on eyebrow threading at an Indianapolis Seva location. Meadows says Indian women were given the specific training, but the African American woman was not.

The third case involves an African American man who tried to return merchandise at a Harbor Freight Tools store. Meadows says the man tried to return unopened merchandise, but store officials did not allow the return because the customer was "red-flagged". Meadows says the Commission found no reason why the frequent customer was "red-flagged.

Meadows says the cases will now move on to remediation and the companies will likely agree to pay a monetary award. Meadows says all the cases were filed last year, but he says if an agreement is not reached an Administrative Law Judge will take over the cases.

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