Councilman Says He Was Racially Profiled at Best Buy
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — A North Charleston city councilman is calling for justice after he says he was racially profiled at the Best Buy on Rivers Avenue. “This is probably one of the most embarrassing moments I’ve ever had in my adult life,” he said.
Mike Brown spoke outside the store Monday after he says employees accused him of stealing a cord from the Rivers Avenue store. “No, I didn’t have on my suite. I had on my workout clothes, just left my son’s baseball game, enjoying myself, buying cords. This stuff has to stop. Profiling is not acceptable. We are not dealing with it, we are trying to progress in the City of North Charleston, I’m not standing for it. The only thing I want to do is represent the black guys that do not have a voice for themselves. This happens more often than it should and we need to bring a stop to it.”
Police were called to the scene but no charges were filed.
A store manager also attended the press conference. He tells us he heard a lot of frustration and understands.
A Best Buy spokesperson sent us a statement that says “it appears we handled the situation poorly.” It goes on to say the company has apologized to councilman Brown.