Wednesday, January 09, 2019
A Texas woman is speaking out after she said her teenage sons and nephews, who are black, were racially profiled by a Kroger store manager who called the police on them, reasoning "they looked like they could be shoplifters," she said. The woman, Ukiah Swain, said four of her family members -- ages 15, 16, 19 and 20 -- went to the store in Mesquite to buy snacks Thursday night when, after purchasing their items, they were stopped and accused of theft.
A Mesquite television station also did a story on this incident. Kroger's publicTwitter Account or the Kroger's online newsroom had not yet responded to the situation as of 2 p.m. January 1. But according to HuffPo: "Spokespeople for Kroger's Dallas division, in a statement obtained by HuffPost, said the employees involved have been removed from the store as an investigation into the matter takes place and that representatives have reached out to Ukiah Swain to apologize. The statement added that a sensitivity training planned for the division's stores has been moved up and the company reached out to the police department to rescind any related complaint that was filed."
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