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Barneys Racial Profiling Victim Receives $45,000 in Settlement

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New York City is settling its case with Trayon Christian, the 21-year-old black college student who was racially profiled while shopping at a Barneys in 2013. New York Post reports that the city has agreed to pay Christian $45,000 to settle the suit the college student filed after being accused of stealing a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt.

The suit stems from an incident in 2013 when a Barneys cashier asked Christian to produce ID, which he did, but still called the cops on him after he exited the store. Christian was then stopped by undercover police who accused him of stealing the belt despite being able to produce identification, a receipt in his name for the belt, and the corresponding debit card used to make the purchase.

Officers took Christian down to the station anyway where they called Chase Bank to verify that the debit card did, in fact, belong to the college student. Christian immediately returned the belt to Barneys and promised to never shop there again.

"Resolving this litigation was in the best interest of the city," a city Law Department spokesman tells the New York Post.

Reuters reports that Barneys agreed to settle the discrimination lawsuit, but the amount of the settlement was not immediately known. Racked reached out to Barneys for comment.