Women claim racial profiling at Miramar Walgreens

Crystal Davis, Santanna Neal say bags searched after purchasing beauty supplies

By Roy Ramos - Reporter, Madeleine Wright - Reporter

MIRAMAR, Fla. - Crystal Davis and Santanna Neal walked into a Walgreens in Miramar to get some beauty supplies. They both left feeling they were racially profiled.

A cellphone video posted to Instagram by Davis shows a Miramar police officer searching their bags in the Walgreens near Miramar Parkway and South University Drive on Tuesday night. 

In her post, Davis wrote, "Just being racially profiled at Walgreens."

Davis said she and Neal were being followed and watched over by an employee as they shopped.

"As soon as we walked in the store, we kept hearing the alerts, 'Security check the floor," Davis said.

After making their purchase, they were stopped by officers as they were walking to their car.

"We were just rushed by three officers," Davis said. 

Davis said the officers said they had received a report that someone was stealing, to which she had a quick response.

"‘How?" Davis said. “'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. 

Still, Davis and Neal want this to be brought to the attention of Walgreens.

"It was like a profiling situation from the very beginning," Davis said. 

Davis said the Walgreens manager who was working at the time of the incident is black, but regardless, she still believes she was racially profiled.

"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 has been in contact with the women, and the Miramar Police Department is also aware of the issue, adding the women voluntarily provided their bags to be searched.

Davis said she will never shop at a Walgreens ever again. 

"First and foremost, we firmly believe everyone should be welcome and treated with respect at our stores, and we'll continue working to make sure that happens," a Walgreens spokesperson said in a statement Thursday. "Our policies strictly prohibit any form of discrimination or racial profiling, and any such occurrence will not be tolerated. We've been in contact with our customer. We take this matter very seriously and are sorry it happened. We continue to investigate this issue so we can learn how this happened and to prevent similar incidents in the future."

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