After a video went viral of a Black man claiming he was racially profiled at an Old Navy store in Iowa, three employees have since been fired.
James Conley said he was a victim of racial discrimination when a store employee asked if was going to pay for the coat he had on and accused him of stealing the item that he received as a Christmas gift.
“I was accused that I didn’t pay for the blue bubble jacket that I got for Christmas that I wore into the store,” Conley stated in his Facebook post.
Conley demanded that the employees check the surveillance footage which proved the jacket belonged to him. He said neither the store supervisor nor any of the employee apologized.
Old Navy issued a statement regarding the termination of the employees involved.
The victim told “KCCI Des Moines 8” he plans on filing a civil rights complaint and a civil damages lawsuit against Old Navy.
“It’s just a blessing to see this nationwide and hearing my story out, to see them in the wrong and accusing me of something that I have never done in my life,” Conley expressed.
The president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP Betty Andrews has also spoken out. “Racial profiling is humiliating… It is hurtful and it is outrageous,” she stated.