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VIDEO: Black Teens Wrongly Accused, Detained At Target Store

Added 01-22-21 04:29:02pm EST - “Cell phone video of three Black teenagers being detained by sheriff's deputies inside of a California Target has gone viral. Now the families are planning to file a civil rights suit, alleging they were racially profiled.” - Stlouis.cbslocal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Stlouis.cbslocal.com: “VIDEO: Black Teens Wrongly Accused, Detained At Target Store”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (CBSLA) — Cell phone video of three Black teenagers — ages 16 and 17 — being detained by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies inside of a Westlake Village Target has gone viral and prompted an apology from the retail giant.

The video shows deputies holding the teens’ arms behind their backs and pushing them up against a checkout counter.

“I was thinking I was going to die that night,” 17-year-old Malik Aaron said. “I already had that mindset that they were either going to kill me or one of my friends.”

Aaron said he and four friends left church on Sunday and went to the retail giant to buy snacks. The teens said once they were inside, they saw a separate group of Black men steal iPhones from a display case and run out of the store. That’s when they said a Target staff member started following them around the store.

“He said, ‘Oh, do you guys need help with anything,’ and we said, ‘No. We are in the right aisle,'” Aaron said. “And he said, ‘Well, I can’t have you guys walking around in the store,’ and, you know, that kind of just made me, like, really uncomfortable, and that’s when I told everyone, ‘Let’s just forget about the snacks and just leave.'”

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