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“I Cannot Let You Stroll Round”: Harmless Black Teenagers Handcuffed, Accused of Theft in Goal

La Shaun told the Los Angeles Times that when the sheriff’s deputies arrived, they handcuffed her child and the other two.totally humiliating, angry, embarrassing and traumatic. “The children were later released, but not before someone recorded a video of the Sheriff’s MPs’ reaction. La Shaun posted tHas video online and it has gone viral since then. The video does not show the first encounter between shop workers and teenagers.

Malik told KCAL-TV that he and his friends left church to go to the Target store, and after witnessing the theft, an employee followed them. “He said, ‘Oh, do you need help with anything?’ And we said, “No, we’re in the right corridor.” And he said, ‘Well, I can’t let you walk around the store.’ ”Malik said the worker’s instruction made him uncomfortable, so he decided to leave. “They wouldn’t let us go at all,” said the teenager, “they let other people go.”

Malik told KCAL that he was afraid for his life. “I thought I was going to die that night,” he said. “I already had an attitude that they would kill me or one of my friends.”

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Companies like @Target need to stop profiling young black men! Another case from #ShoppingWhileBlack where those in power found black teenagers guilty until proven innocent. Hold companies accountable for racial profiling and force them to change their behaviors. Our children deserve better! pic.twitter.com/w5GR72IBUC

– Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 25, 2021

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s division chief Sal “Chuck” Becerra of Lost Hills Station admitted the youths were not involved in the alleged crime, but also said an internal investigation found the MPs did not use excessive violence applied or damaged the adolescents. Phones, according to the Ventura County Star. “MPs confirmed that a grand theft had indeed taken place, but their subsequent investigation found the young men were not involved. They were released without incident,” Becerra told the Post.

Target said in a statement from the Ventura County Star that the company fired a security worker in the incident, apologized to the teenagers, and conducted racial bias training for the shop’s workers. “What happened to these guests is in direct contradiction to the rich experience we aim to provide to all of our guests,” a Target official said in the statement.

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