In a review commissioned by Barneys and released last week, an attorney found that the luxury store does not have a written or unwritten policy to profile customers based on race and did not initiate any police action against the two customers.
The New York Police Department has said that in both cases it took action against the shoppers after conferring with Barneys employees. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said officers don’t just hang out at department stores but are there investigating crimes.
An NYPD spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the Barneys memo.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said that the memo “seems like a big step forward,” but that his National Action Network is still reviewing it.