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.’
‘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.