Three black teens falsely accused of shoplifting decoys at SoCal Target – NBC Los Angeles
Three black teenagers were temporarily detained by lawmakers over the weekend in a target after they were falsely accused by a member of the security team of being lures into a shoplifting at the Thousand Oaks store.
Aaron Frederickson and two friends were at the store on Sunday. The video shows the teens in the custody of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department assistants called by store security, who accused the teens of being luring a cell phone theft, the rights attorney said civic Toni Jarmilla, who represents adolescents.
“Someone grabbed my hands, put them behind me. Handcuffed me, ”said Aaron, 16. “I’m like ‘Yo, what’s going on? I do not understand what is happening ?’ “
Jaramilla said the teens were the store’s only black customers at the time of the shoplifting report.
“The perpetrator of this theft, we understand, is African American,” Jaramilla said. “They were the store’s only African-American customers. They went straight to them.
Target issued the following statement: “We want all Target customers to feel welcome when they shop in our stores. We are deeply sorry for what happened and we have fired the team member who was involved.
“We expect our team members to follow Target’s security processes and treat all guests with respect. In addition, all store managers will resume mandatory safety and racial prejudice training.
“Last but not least, we reach out to all of the guests who were involved to offer a personal apology.”
Details of the shoplifting report were not immediately available. NBC4 is trying to confirm when a police report was filed in connection with the shoplifting case.
Aaron and his friends were eventually released.
Aaron’s adoptive mother said she was dismayed by the series of events that ended with him handcuffed.
“I always thought racial profiling was a bit of a stretch in our society and that it wouldn’t affect Aaron,” said Chris Frederickson.