| NEW YORK, July 17
NEW YORK, July 17 Actor Rob Brown of HBO's
"Treme" has settled a federal discrimination lawsuit against
Macy's Inc and the city of New York, the retailer said on
Thursday, resolving part of a "shop-and-frisk" controversy over
racial profiling in the city.
U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield dismissed the case on
Wednesday, citing a settlement in principle between the parties,
court records showed.
Neither Macy's nor the city would provide further
information on Thursday as details had not been finalized.
Brown sued the department store and the city in November,
saying that after purchasing a $1,300 gold Movado watch for his
mother as a graduation present last June, he was detained and
handcuffed by three men he believed to be police officers.
The controversy surrounding his arrest and those of other
black shoppers with similar complaints last year sparked debate
about racial stereotyping and prejudice.
The practice was coined "shop and frisk" in a twist on the
controversial policing practice of "stop and frisk."
Macy's said it would also be settling other lawsuits
alleging racial profiling. At a hearing on Monday in Brown's
case, a lawyer for the company said there were two cases pending
in state court and a third in federal court.
"Our company strictly prohibits discrimination of any kind
and has zero tolerance for racial profiling," Macy's said in a
Brown alleged in his complaint that the men, who he believed
were working at the request of Macy's staff, accused him of
committing credit card fraud and paraded him through the store
before placing him in a detainment cell where they mocked him
for roughly an hour.
When they learned he was a well-known actor, they changed
their tune and offered to provide him a police escort to his
mother's college graduation, the complaint said.
The state attorney general launched an investigation into
security practices at Macy's and Barneys, another retailer
where black shoppers lodged similar complaints.
Brown sued for false imprisonment, assault and battery,
negligent hiring and civil rights violations and was seeking
unspecified money damages.
(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Peter Cooney)