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NYC teen sues Barneys, police over purchase hassle

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DEEPTI HAJELA | October 23, 2013 04:52 PM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — A New York teen is suing department store Barneys along with the city and its police department over an incident in which he says he was wrongfully detained after making an expensive purchase because he is a young black man.

Trayon Christian says in his suit filed Monday that went to Barneys on April 29 and purchased an expensive Ferragamo belt. After leaving, he says he was accosted by undercover NYPD officers who said someone at the store had raised concerns over the sale. He says he showed his receipt but was still detained. He was later released with no charges against him.

The city's law department says it's waiting for a formal copy of the lawsuit. Barneys didn't respond to a call seeking comment.