North Charleston Councilman Files Lawsuit Against Best Buy for Racial Profiling

May 19, 2017, 12:08 pm EST | Share:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (TIM RENAUD, WTAT-TV) — A North Charleston City Councilman has filed a lawsuit against a North Charleston Best Buy after claiming the electronics retailer racially profiled him earlier this year.

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City Councilman Mike Brown filed the lawsuit on May 12. In that lawsuit, he claims an employee at Best Buy admitted to stopping him and accusing him of stealing a cord from the Rivers Avenue store.

Brown says he did not steal anything, nor did he attempt to steal from the store. North Charleston police were called to the retailer that day, but the councilman was not charged.

He later held a press conference where he said “This is probably one of the most embarrassing moments I’ve ever had in my adult life.”

Brown is suing Best Buy on allegations of defamation by slander and falsely accusing him of theft. He is asking the court to order Best Buy to compensate him financially for damages which he says he suffered as a result of the incident. Brown also wants the retailer to pay for his legal fees.