Black Teens Followed, Allegedly Racially Profiled, And Locked In A Store After Being Mistaken For Shoplifters

Black Teens Followed, Allegedly Racially Profiled, And Locked In A Store After Being Mistaken For Shoplifters

The incident happened at Coco Beauty Supply in the Parkview Shopping Center, Chesapeake, Virginia.

The father of a teenager in Chesapeake, Virginia, is alleging racial profiling against her daughter after she was detained, along with her friends, at a store after being mistaken as shoplifters. As reported by Wavy, the owner of Coco Beauty Supply in the Parkview Shopping Center, said that a group of girls had stolen more than $10,000 worth of merchandise from his store on Dec. 28, and he had printed a copy of their images from a surveillance video and distributed the images to nearby stores.

The father of the girl, who was among the ones locked inside the store on suspicion of being shoplifters, said that the girls were followed by a security guard from the subway and the shop-owner locked them inside the shop once they went in and bought a hairbrush.

Reubin Houston, the father, said: "My daughter and her friends won’t ever forget about that, so I just think that’s wrong." He added: "I’m personally thinking everybody is going to be a suspect if you have braids and weave and you’re black. I mean, even the kids are suspects now. I guess mine was."

The parents are in discussion with the local authorities and they may even be looking to file abduction charges but there is also a law in Virginia that allows the security members to detain people for a period of one-hour maximum, or before if the police arrives, if they have a probable cause for suspecting the detainees as shoplifters.

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