Woman forced to strip in front of Target employees, falsely accused of stealing a bikini, plans to file a gender and race discrimination lawsuit

By MATTHEW WRIGHT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

A black Michigan woman is claiming she was racially profiled when she was forced to undress in front of staff at a Target after she was falsely accused of stealing a bikini.

Ashanae Davis, 20, was walking out of a Target in Southfield, Michigan, on May 22 when she was stopped by a black male security officer who grabbed her on the arm.

She was then approached by a second officer – who was white – who handcuffed her and ‘dragged’ her through the store yelling that Davis was wearing ‘stolen bikini panties… underneath her clothing.’

Ashanae Davis, 20, (pictured) was walking out of a Target in Southfield, Michigan, on May 22 when she was stopped by a black male security officer

‘He said that over and over. Loud enough for other customers to hear and loud enough to publicly humiliate our client,’ attorney Jasmine Rand said in a press conference, according to the Huffington Post.

‘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. And only then would they let her leave target,’ she added.

It was confirmed by a company representative that a Target team member walked Davis into the security office.

‘At first I was in shock, of course, and it was just very humiliating,’ Davis said to WXYZ. ‘I felt degraded. It was sad. I was very upset.’

The woman plans to file a race and gender discrimination lawsuit against Target Corporation.

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