Retailers Join Forces to Tackle 'Shop and Frisk'

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The heads of several major departments stores and the Rev. Al Sharpton met Friday morning as part of a "shop and frisk" summit intended to reduce racial profiling of minority customers.

The meeting came after some shoppers said they had been followed and questioned by police after making expensive purchases at Macy's and Barneys.

The Retail Council of New York State and Sharpton's advocacy group, the National Action Network, said they would review store policies to come up with initial recommendations regarding shop and frisk within the next few week.

Macy's and Barneys have generally blamed the New York Police Department for initiating the stops, but police said they were acting in collaboration with the department stores.

Bill Hawthorne, vice president of diversity strategies and legal affairs at Macy’s, said the store is cooperating.

"We're absolutely working with them and in good faith," he said while leaving Friday's meeting.

Eight other retailers, including Bloomingdales, The Gap and Neiman Marcus, also attended the meeting.