A black security guard for a Louis Vitton store says he was ordered to strip down by mall security at the Ross Park Mall in Rose Township, Pennsylvania on April 11.
The black security guard, Chris Sellers, recalled the incident to KDKA:
I was approached by one of the mall securities and he asked me if I was security. I said yes, and he said, “I can’t let you walk through the mall with the uniform on. You’re going to have to take it off.”
He asked me if I had a t-shirt on, and then I replied ‘Why?’” He said, “So you can strip down to your t-shirt.” And I said, “No, that’s just not going to happen.”
Sellers said he called his supervisor, who told him to just get to the store. So Sellers walked away from the mall guards, who followed him.
Sellers said when he arrived at his job there were more guards and police officers waiting:
I don’t want to believe that I was racially profiled. I don’t want to believe that, but that’s what it’s kind-of looking like.
The mall security guard was suspended by his employer, Allied Universal, which issued a statement:
Allied Universal profusely apologizes for this unfortunate incident on Thursday evening. Our security guard acted in complete error and this employee has been suspended and removed from duty at this site. We are working with all parties involved to resolve this issue.