Black College Student Allegedly Arrested For Buying Designer Belt, Sues Barneys & NYPD

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A black college student claims he was arrested for attempting to buy a designer belt, and has sued the NYPD and Barneys New York as a result.

Trayon Christian, of Queens, was arrested at the luxury department store in April.

"His only crime was being a young black man,” Michael Palillo, his attorney, said.

The N.Y. Post reports that Christian, 19, was buying a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt, but following the purchase, was stopped by undercover officers.

The law enforcement members were reportedly contacted by Barneys sales clerk who believed the transaction that had taken place was fraudulent.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, states that the New York City College of Technology freshman was asked by police:

“How a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt?”

He was then handcuffed and taken to a local precinct, but later released.

Despite showing the officers the receipt for the belt, his ID and the debit card used, "Christian was told that his identification was false," his attorney said.

All because he supposedly "could not afford" to make such a purchase.

Authorities eventually called Chase Bank, which verified that the card did in fact belong to Christian, who had no prior arrest record, and they let him go.

Neither the store nor the police have offered additional detail regarding how the receipt, ID and debit card were all, allegedly, determined to be fraudulent.

Trayon, who saved up money for the accessory from his part-time job, said he returned the belt and never plans to shop at the Madison Ave. store again.

His story comes just days after another instance of allegd racial discrimination in which a black waitress was fired for blonde highlights at Hooters.

The lawsuit against the store and the NYPD is for unspecified damages. Barneys New York has posted a response on its Facebook and Twitter pages:

“Barneys New York typically does not comment on pending litigation. In this instance, we feel compelled to note that after carefully reviewing the incident ... it is clear that no employee was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale. Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and we stand by our long history in support of all human rights.”

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everyone knows blacks cannot be trusted. barneys did what any high end store would do, and that is make sure they don't get robbed by a hoodlum. they did nothing wrong. jesse and al cane stay home and shut up on this one.




He should be buying a college class with that money . Buttttttttttttt yeah didnt see him doing that ! Bahahahah


Some of you are so rude. Hoodlum? He's a human being who saved up to buy a belt he liked. The people who work at barneys disgust me, just like some of your guys' comments do. sickening.


big deal, any high-end store would question a hoodlum kid buying a belt that cost $350. no harm was done. jesse and al should stay home and shut up


Anyone that would spend $350 on a belt should be arrested on the grounds of stupidity.


it's his skin collor, folks.


To think this kid paid 350 for any belt is ludicrous. Let the race card players line up.


Guilty because of skin color shame on you Barneys. I hope he takes them for all their worth. As for the NYC police I can't respect you either he showed you that he purchased the belt leagally and his I.D which you said was false. I hope they terminate the arresting officer it's very clear he doesn't know how to do his duty to the public.


its not a crime to be a young black male but it is a curse.

@ Black men don't wear belts

You're a curse