Racial Profiling Claims after Teen Girls Mistaken for Shoplifting Suspects

A Chesapeake father wants justice after he said his daughter was among a group of girls wrongly locked inside a business for a crime they didn’t commit. “My daughter and her friends won’t ever forget about that, so I just think that’s wrong,” parent Reubin Houston.

Police said the incident happened last Friday at Coco Beauty Supply in the Parkview Shopping Center. The owner of the store said back on December 28, a group of girls stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise. In an attempt to catch them, the owner printed off a surveillance picture of the girls and handed them out to nearby businesses. Then, this past Friday, Houston said his 16-year-old daughter and three of her teenage friends were at the Subway in that same shopping center when they noticed a security guard following them.

Houston said they walked into the beauty supply store a few storefronts down. Shortly after entering and buying a hair brush, Houston said a manager locked the girls inside. “My daughter asked them, ‘Why? why can’t we leave?’ She says you’ll find out,” Houston said about the girls’ interaction with the manager… WAVY10 News

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