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Black woman forced to strip down in front of male Target employees to prove she didn’t steal a bikini: lawsuit

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A Michigan woman is suing retail giant Target for racial profiling after she was allegedly forced to strip down in front of male employees at one of their stores to prove she didn’t steal a bikini.

Detroit’s WXYZ reported that Ashanea Davis was at a Target location in Southfield, Michigan when loss prevention officers accosted her while she was trying to leave the store. The officers handcuffed her and “took her to a back room forcing her to show that she wasn’t wearing the bikini underneath her clothing.”

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“To obtain her freedom she then has to pull up her shirt with two male employees at target to prove she hasn’t stolen a bikini top and then she has to pull down her pants to prove she hasn’t stolen a bikini bottom,” attorney Jasmine Rand told WXYZ. “And only then would they let her leave.”

Davis told the Detroit ABC affiliate that the incident was “very humiliating.”

“At first I was in shock, of course,” she said. “I felt degraded. It was sad. I was very upset.”

Davis and her legal team — which includes Rand and attorney Maurice Davis — intend to sue Target Corporation with claims of racial and gender discrimination. In a statement, Target apologized for the alleged profiling and announced the termination of one employee “directly involved” in the incident.

Watch WXYZ’s report below:

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England pubs reopen on US Independence Day — after first nationwide closure since 1665’s Great Plague

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The streets of Soho filled with merry drinkers in London on Saturday and the pubs of Manchester were packed as England's hospitality sector returned from a three-month coronavirus hiatus.

"It feels amazing," said Leo Richard Bill, a soldier, after getting through the door of one of London's buzziest restaurants on the Thames River's popular south bank.

"It’s been what, like three months since... me and everyone else haven’t been able to get outside and have a good time. So yeah, it feels good to get amongst it," he said.

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Trump’s angry words and Coronavirus surge darken Independence Day weekend in America

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The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.

Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain.

Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.

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‘Spoiler’ Kanye West mocked for running for president against his pal Trump: ‘2020 never fails to disappoint’

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President Donald Trump appears to have lost the support of one of his most well-known Black supporters as Kanye West announced on Saturday that he is running for president.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West posted on Twitter, with the hashtag #2020VISION.

The musician was mocked for his presidential bid, here's some of what people were saying:

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