Three Black Women To Sue NYPD For Racial Profiling
Three African American women are taking legal action against the NYPD for falsely accusing them of stealing a credit card and placing them in jail.
In an interview with the NY Daily News, Kimmell McIntosh and her cousins Melanie and Maxine Henry were enjoying a girls day at a Massage Envy in Brooklyn when they were falsely accused of using a stolen credit card. An employee accidentally mixed up McIntosh’s card with another customer’s since the last four digits of the cards were familiar.
Police were called and entered a private room where the ladies were resting. After interrogating the women for 10 minutes, they were detained at the 84th Precinct station house where they were locked up for three hours.
Melanie Henry was not taken into custody.
“They also said they were going to bring in the woman who owned the card,” said McIntosh’s cousin, Melanie Henry, 33. “We thought it was a prank,” said McIntosh, a city Education Department staffer. “We were waiting for the cameras and Ashton Kutcher.”
After searching the women, it was determined no crime was committed and they were released. The women believe they were accused of the crime because of the color of their skin. The three are seeking $1 million in damages.