Macy’s Sued By Former NYPD Cop For Racial Profiling [Details]

Rucuss staffNovember 20, 2013

A former Hispanic NYPD police officer claims in a lawsuit that she was profiled because of her race and lost her job as a result.

Jenny Mendez, 29, was simply taking advantage of post-Thanksgiving sales at Macy’s last year when she was wrongfully arrested for shoplifting after the store’s security lied that she confessed to the crime.

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Now Mendez filed a $40 million lawsuit last week in Bronx Civil Court for the racial profiling and for the arrest that cost her NYPD job. Mendez had only been on the force for under year when she was dropped from her position.

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Mendez was acquitted of the shoplifting charges in September. During the two-day bench trial, a store detective took the stand and admitted that she lied and fingered the cope for a crmie she didn’t comment. She also said her supervisors told her to fudge paperwork.

“It was one wrong on top of another that happened to Jenny Mendez,”Mendez’s attorney Phillip Karasyk told DNAinfo New York. “First she was wrongly accused and then she lost the job she loved, and that wrong should be made right.”

Mendez’s arrest took place last year in November during the festive Black Friday shopping period. The 29-year old, who was a rookie cop and on probation at the time, was shopping at the New York store with her mother. After trying on clothing and placing unpaid items into a shopping bag, she paid for them.

But after discovering the bag was missing and reporting it to the store, Mendez and her mother were detained and police were called. The lawsuit states, the missing bag was later found on another shoplifter. Mendez believes she was profiled as a thief simply because of her race.

Photo via New York Times

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