Skip to comments.Off-duty Montgomery police officer claims racial profiling over hoodie incident at mall
Posted on 04/25/2012 10:12:16 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- A Montgomery police officer claims in a lawsuit that he was off-duty in plain clothes at a Montgomery mall last month when security officers assaulted him after ordering him to remove his sweatshirt hoodie.
Terence Scott, 26, filed the lawsuit April 11 in Montgomery County Circuit Court against ERMC, a Chattanooga, Tenn.,-based company that provides security for Eastdale Mall. The lawsuit also names one security guard and two other unnamed security guards as defendants.
Eastdale Mall is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit that seeks unspecified amounts in damages.
Efforts to reach an attorney for ERMC have been unsuccessful this morning.
Among the claims in Scott's civil lawsuit are negligence, assault and battery, wantonness, and that security guards used racial profiling against him and others. Scott is black; the lawsuit does not specify the races of the security guards.
"Eastdale Mall has had a history of incidents involving African-American males being attacked, challenged, and/or bullied by security guards employed by defendant ERMC," the lawsuit states.
Julian McPhillips, attorney for Scott, said today that the incident was "shades of Trayvon Martin."
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Hoodies... the new burqha.
Was the off duty, hoodie wearing victim also wearing a belt? Were his shoes tied? What sort of jewelry was he wearing? Did he have a belt on? Did he steal anything?
In this day and age all of this stuff matters to determine whether or not anything discriminatory happened.
“Eastdale Mall has had a history of incidents involving African-American males being attacked, challenged, and/or bullied by security guards employed by defendant ERMC,”
...Gee. Wonder if that’s because blacks cause most of the problems in the mall.
Why didn’t he just comply?
As a policeman, he should know that is the best policy.
But no, he’s got to cause trouble in the name of TM. IMO
The KKK wears “hoodies”, too. Too bad racist black leaders associated the hoodie with black racial violence and hate. Security guards would order KKK members to remove their hoodies, too.
Good question never could understand off duty cops wanting to look like crooks.
Good question never could understand off duty cops wanting to look like
Someone TELL me he wasn’t just baiting them deliberately.
Go ahead. Try.
Many places of business ask that you remove hats, hood and sunglasses when entering the premises I wonder if this particular mall had a sign stating this.
In this case, I suspect a pre-planned setup, wherein a black police officer is recruited by lawyers to make himself look like a hoodlum and invite being hassled by security, with the objective of filing a discrimination lawsuit.
My first thought too on reading this. A fishing expedition with a big fat payoff from the mall as the prize.
Shopping for a settlement check?
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