Maryland Couple Racially Profiled While Shopping At Costco Files $4M Lawsuit

Ricky Riley

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A routine shopping trip turned into a case of racial profiling of a Maryland couple.

Barbara and Bahri Wallace went to the Anne Arundel County Costco in May to buy a new refrigerator, reports WBALTV. When the couple attempted to leave the parking lot, a police cruiser followed them and demanded they pull over their truck.

“When I made a left on Arundel Mills Boulevard, his lights came on. I looked at Barbara, and I said, ‘Did I run the light?’ Her response was, ‘Is he for us?’ I said, ‘He’s stopping me,'” Bahri said.

The two knew not all police encounters turn out well for Black people. So, Barbara told her husband to keep his hands visible.

“At that point, I was afraid. Let’s just say, even if it wasn’t this situation, when you get pulled over by the police and you are African-American, there is a lot to think about and you have to be careful how you conduct yourself,” Barbara said. “I was afraid for my husband at that point.”

Then, the officer left his squad car and told the couple Costco employees suspected them of shoplifting.

Source: Blavity

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