Saturday, October 26, 2013

The New York Police Department arrested a young man just because he was black

You are not going to believe this story. A young black man was shopping at a store called Barneys, in Manhattan, and he bought a very expensive belt. This is the expensive, designer brand belt he bought:

He had saved $350 to buy the belt at Barneys.  Yet, the clerk at the store didn't think that a young black man could possibly have acquired $350 legally.  To make a long story short, after he paid for the belt the police arrested him and took him to their station to question him.  

Here is the article:

Vocabulary to help you understand the article:

busted - arrested; if a person is arrested the police take the person into custody (to their police station)

shopping while black - the newspaper is making fun of the police.  Of course a person cannot be arrested for shopping while being a black person, but that what the New York Police Department did anyway.

he got more than he bargained for - if you get more than you bargained for, this means that something bad happened that you didn't expect

to splurge - this means to spend a lot of money in order to treat oneself, to spend a lot of money to make yourself happy

cuffed -  these are handcuffs. to be cuffed means to have these placed on a person's wrists.

a lawsuit - this is when one person decides to sue another person in court to get money for something that was done which might have been wrong.

to allege - to suggest, to state, to say

a fraud - something not legal

plainclothes detectives - police officers wearing normal clothes

hauled - pulled

precinct - the place where police officers (cops) work

verified - indicated that it was true

disgust - if you feel disgust about something, something that happened was wrong and it makes you feel sick

duds - clothing

unspecified damages - no particular amount of money - the judge can decide

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