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Three African American women are taking legal action against the NYPD for falsely accusing them of stealing a credit card and placing them in jail.

In an interview with the NY Daily NewsKimmell McIntosh and her cousins Melanie and Maxine Henry were enjoying a girls day at a Massage Envy in Brooklyn when they were falsely accused of using a stolen credit card. An employee accidentally mixed up McIntosh’s card with another customer’s since the last four digits of the cards were familiar.

Police were called and entered a private room where the ladies were resting. After interrogating the women for 10 minutes, they were detained at the 84th Precinct station house where they were locked up for three hours.

Melanie Henry was not taken into custody.

“They also said they were going to bring in the woman who owned the card,” said McIntosh’s cousin, Melanie Henry, 33. “We thought it was a prank,” said McIntosh, a city Education Department staffer. “We were waiting for the cameras and Ashton Kutcher.”

After searching the women, it was determined no crime was committed and they were released. The women believe they were accused of the crime because of the color of their skin. The three are seeking $1 million in damages.

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Three Black Women To Sue NYPD For Racial Profiling After Being Falsely Arrested For Stealing Credit Card was originally published on newsone.com

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26 thoughts on “Three Black Women To Sue NYPD For Racial Profiling After Being Falsely Arrested For Stealing Credit Card

  1. Ken Stalworth on said:

    I am not sure if the case will stand up. Yes they were profiled due to the ignoranc of the employee and the NYPD, however the police were called to investigate a possible fraud. How thy might ha e been treated by the police afterwards will determine whether or not this will stick.

  2. there is no evidence of racial profiling… Racial profiling is committed when suspicion of an act or the potential suspicion of an act will be committed because of a person’s skin color, ethnicity, etc.. In this case an “alledged ACT” did occur which needed to be investigated to determine if any wrong doing was done. Whether it was 3 white, 3 mexican, 3 asian or 3 balck they should have and would have been treated the same way unless you can produce past precedent actions that indicated racial profiling. The spa however could be sued for incompetence.

    • Miamac on said:

      Because of trust issues, too many are quick to raise the ‘racism’ flag. We were not there to know how the situation unfolded. It does seem this should have been easily proven by simply the salesgirl asking the patron to again produce her card so that she could ‘verify’ its numbers rather than immediately calling the police. Now maybe a) she did ask and they refused and/or b) when the police came they asked and again, the patron refused, got loud, etc. etc. OR c) they didn’t ask and just hauled these women down to the precinct/off to jail. Time will tell. Either way, it appears to be ignorance on the salesgirl if indeed she did not ‘double-check’ to ensure she didn’t key in the wrong numbers.

  3. Jules on said:

    Can you imagine how much of a violation it was to be arrested? They did nothing wrong. Both the spa and police should be sued. The spa should have verified the credit card was stolen before calling the police. Then, the police could have easily taken an ID and verified the owner of the card before arresting anyone. Let’s be honest. We all know the spa called the police and the arrest happened because they were black. Its call the police and/or arrest and then ask questions later policy with black people. If people start putting themselves in each other’s shoes and treat everyone with respect the world would be a better place.

  4. Ysbeth on said:

    Why didn’t the employee double check the number on the card and run it again before calling the police? Most places don’t enter your numbers manually but the ones that do tend to assume that they’ve made the error and double check before assuming theft (because they often do make the error).

  5. If the cards were mixed up, why is it that only members of one party was arrested? Why weren’t the other party arrested as well?

  6. This is one suit that should receive a summary dismissal.
    The police were acting on flawed information they believed to be true. Regardless of the color of the suspect they followed investigative procedure. When the information was discovered incorrect the women were released.
    The SPA employee made an error leading to this incident. Race/Color/Ethnic background played no part.

  7. those women should own that spa…its one thing to mix up cards…its another thing entirely to mix up cards, initiate a call to the police for a card that apparently wasn’t listed as stolen, missing to have them take action–that spa and that “helpful” employee need to pay along with the NYPD. Stupidity is the new normal…

  8. This sounds like it was a “deliberate” intention by the woman whio did the transaction to mix up the credit card numbers in order for these young ladies to be arrested.

      • Sorry.. you are wrong… there is no evidence of racial profiling… Racial profiling is committed when suspicion of an act or the potential suspicion of an act will be committed because of a person’s skin color, ethnicity, etc.. In this case an “alledged ACT” did occur which needed to be investigated to determine if any wrong doing was done. Whether it was 3 white, 3 mexican, 3 asian or 3 balck they should have and would have been treated the same way unless you can produce past precedent actions that indicated racial profiling.

  9. msstarr82 on said:

    not surprising that it took the nypd THREE hours to read the card numbers but what was the employees’ problem????

  10. This is so clearly a case of racial profiling. You know for certain the owners would have done everything they could to decipher who had what or what belonged to whom if these women were white.
    They did nothing but call the cops who then reinforced the same racist attitude and caused more humiliation and inconvenience…..wow I am so very sick of how this always plays out. I hope they sue both these entities what a bunch of racist, brainless, clueless idiots.

  11. albert on said:

    they were arrested because a woman at the business mixed up the cards and filed a complaint. But a cool $1M. Please arrest me and make a mistake. Crime does pay.

    • why are you even on this site…….I feel sorry for the black man/woman who is having a relationship with you they have no idea what a nasty turd they got involved with.

  12. Miamac on said:

    Something doesn’t add up here. How hard would it have been to verify the ladies account at the Spa, indeed their ‘credit card’ must have been amongst those used as well as the one the girl mixed up. Why humiliate them and drag them down to the precinct? I guess the full details will be revealed later or during the lawsuit. i HOPE we don’t have to read updates on the web everyday to further the racial divide by exploiting tensions just to earn web traffic revenue.

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