As is now making the rounds, Trayon
is now suing Barneys and the New York Police Department for what
he claims to be an improper arrest.
Trayon, according to the story, purchased a $300+ Ferragamo belt at
Barneys in Manhattan using his debit card, without incident.
After he left the store, some NYPD detectives
allegedly collared him, took him in, questioned how he was able to afford a
belt with such a price tag, and detained him for 2 hours before letting him go
(the NYPD claims he was held for only about 40 minutes).
Trayon (or is it his lawyer?) claims that
Barneys people fingered him in the first place, and then the NYPD cops made the
When the story first broke, I was willing to hear Trayon
out. Yes, I do tend to give law enforcement the benefit of the doubt, but, professionally
and personally, I know of instances where NYPDers have had occasion to carry
matters way past acceptable extremes.
Police forces, for all the good they do society, do need to have checks
and balances placed upon them, just as any other governmental function.
[As for this "Stop and Frisk" controversy now
hitting the headlines in the New York papers, I do believe that S&F does
have its uses, and that some reasonable guidelines can be worked out if (and
this "if" may be a bit presumptuous) the parties on both sides get
Never mind that most whiners of the "Racial
Profiling" song do not have clean hands.
Never mind the matter of the culture of gang violence over high-end
designer clothing and accessories. And
never mind the question of whether and to what extent Trayon did or did not
cooperate with the detectives in their inquiry.
I WAS willing to reserve judgment and hear him out.
But now, I am greater than 99% sure that there is a
NYPD/Barneys side to the story, and that Trayon has lots of filthy laundry that
will be aired.
I know because Al
Sharpton has entered the picture
, and has been welcomed by Trayon and his
I am still interested in hearing Trayon tell his story, but I
am even more interested in hearing what Barneys and the NYPD will say. And by "tell his story," I do not
refer to the statements and stories and palabra hyped in the press; I mean
pleadings and evidence in a court of law.
Something is highly likely to come out which will leave Trayon looking like something less than the innocent hard-working college student who saved his nickels and dimes to purchase the Ferragamo belt of his dreams. Al Sharpton, by his insinuation into the case, has all but assured me of this.
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