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Retailer apologizes to family for racial profiling incident

July 26, 2019

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Discount retailer T.J. Maxx has apologized to a Connecticut family who says their teenage son was the victim of racial profiling by store employees.

Melissa Askew-Ferris tells WFSB-TV her three sons were at a T.J. Maxx store in Wethersfield earlier this month and were followed by store employees. The boys immediately left.

The family from Cromwell later learned an employee had identified one of her sons as someone suspected of stealing from the store. Askew-Ferris, who is black, says surveillance video showed her son bore no resemblance to the suspect.

T.J. Maxx, part of the Framingham, Massachusetts-based TJX Companies, in a statement said we “expect that all of our customers will be treated with dignity and respect” and “sincerely apologize that this was not the experience” of the Askew-Ferris family.

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Information from: WFSB-TV, http://www.wfsb.com

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