Mayor Bloomberg: City Takes NYPD Racism Complaints Seriously

Except, of course, about stop-and-frisk


After two black customers have accused police of harassing them following expensive purchases at Barneys in Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg said Thursday that anyone who feels treated unfairly should file a complaint.

Trayon Christian, 19, of Queens, said he was handcuffed and locked in a cell after buying a $350 Ferragamo belt last April. He says he was accosted by undercover NYPD officers after leaving the store, who questioned how he could afford such a pricey accessory.

He has filed a lawsuit against the city and Barneys, alleging he was held at a precinct in a cell for more than two hours before being released with no charges.