Two Black women in Florida have accused employees at Walgreens of racially profiling them and forcing them to have their bags searched after they made lawful purchases.
Crystal Davis (right) and Santanna Neal (left) told WPLG-TV they went to a Walgreens in Miramar on Tuesday night to shop for beauty supplies. Davis says an employee of the store was following them the entire time they shopped.
"As soon as we walked in the store, we kept hearing the alerts, 'Security check the floor,'" Davis told the local news station.
After buying their items and exiting the store, the women were approached by three officers.
David posted a video to Instagram showing a Miramar police officer searching their bags in the Walgreens.
In her post, Davis wrote, "Just being racially profiled at Walgreens."
According to Davis, the officers said they had received a report that someone was stealing.
"‘How?" Davis said she responded. “'Here's our bags. Here's our receipt.'"
Davis said the officers didn't find any stolen items and they were told they could leave.
Although they weren’t charged for any wrongdoing, Davis and Neal, who are cousins, want the company to own up to their mistake.
"It was like a profiling situation from the very beginning," Davis told WPLG.
What’s more, Davis said the Walgreens manager who was working when they were approached is Black.
"Your race doesn't mean anything," Davis said. "I can racially profile against another Black person. You can be racially profiled against your own kind. We weren't the only ones in the store, but we were being followed. We were harassed and they had no proof of anything."
Walgreens officials say the company has been in contact with the women, and the Miramar Police Department is also aware of the issue.
Davis said she will never shop at a Walgreens ever again.