A black security guard for Louis Vuitton was hassled by mall cops, who demanded he strip down to his t-shirt so that he wouldn’t be mistaken for mall security, reports KDKA.
“I was approached by one of the mall securities and he asked me if I was security,” Sellers says. “I said yes, and he said, ‘I can’t let you walk through the mall with the uniform on. You’re going to have to take it off.’”
“I don’t want to believe that I was racially profiled,” he told KDKA. “I don’t want to believe that, but that’s what it’s kind-of looking like.”
He pointed out that a white female guard was doing the same as him — walking around in her uniform — but she didn’t get approached by the mall cops.
Allied Universal, the security services company, apologized for the incident. “Allied Universal profusely apologizes for this unfortunate incident on Thursday evening. Our security guard acted in complete error and this employee has been suspended and removed from duty at this site. We are working with all parties involved to resolve this issue.”