Walgreens Calls Cops on Black Man With Diabetes for Trying to Buy Product for Insulin Pump Scarring
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A black diabetic man in Missouri had cops called on him by employees of a Walgreens store in St. Louis, who claimed he was stealing products, KDSK reports.
Wesley Dozier said his quick trip to a Walgreens store located at the corner of Hampton and Gravois store turned into a frightening experience.
On Monday, Dozier stopped by to this store to pick up products to help with scarring from his insulin pump.
But employees reportedly accused him of stealing high-end beauty products. Dozier said he was searched by police but was eventually released when they didn’t find any stolen items. “I felt like I was being treated like I did something wrong. And the way they looked at me was if I was a criminal,” the young man said.
While his family is outraged by what he says was racial profiling, Dozier hopes the company will make things right for him and his family. “I would like to see some sort of action take place as far as identification of those who steal from their stores,” he said.
On Tuesday, Walgreens released the following statement: “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. Our policies strictly prohibit any form of discrimination or racial profiling, and any such occurrence will not be tolerated. We take this matter very seriously and continue to look into it.”
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