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Versace VP Salehe Bembury says he was profiled by police for ‘shopping at store I work for’

Versace VP Salehe Bembury was asked to show his ID by two LAPD officers who said he was jaywalking

Versace VP Salehe Bembury was stopped by police in Beverly Hills at the very store he is employed and believes it was an instance of racial profiling.

Bembury is the vice president of Sneakers and Men’s Footwear at Versace but two police officers stopped him as he left the brand’s retail store on Thursday. He uploaded footage of the incident to Instagram and captioned it “BEVERLY HILLS WHILE BLACK. I’M OK, MY SPIRIT IS NOT.”

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Salehe Bembury and Kerby Jean-Raymond attend the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
Salehe Bembury and Kerby Jean-Raymond attend the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

He declared officers were searching him for “shopping

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Salehe Bembury Profiled for Shopping at Versace

The footwear designer Salehe Bembury was profiled by two police officers earlier today in Beverly Hills.

According to Bembury, who is currently the Vice President of Sneakers and Men’s Footwear at Versace, he was walking from the brand’s store with a few purchases and was stopped by two policemen who swiftly pulled up with their vehicle and stepped out to question Bembury. The officers stated they caught Bembury jaywalking and proceeded to check his I.D. after asking him to turn around for a search.

The next moments of the interaction were recorded on video, posted to Instagram, where Bembury explains how the officers were searching him for “shopping at the store [he] works for and just being Black.” While one officer was defending his intent, another had just finished checking Bembury’s ID. After Bembury asked “so you checked my ID. Do I have anything on my record?” the officer responded,

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