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Wednesday September 19, 2018

man banned for wearing hood

Monday, September 10, 2018 13:46 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

– A 24-year old black man is alleging discrimination after banned from a store for wearing the hood of his Indiana Pacers sweatshirt over his head.

Dalrey Trotter said his white girlfriend went to the same store a short time later with hood on but didn't encounter any problems.

''I'm under the inclination that it wasn't the hoodie. It was the skin in the hoodie,'' said Trotter, who lives between Michigan City and LaPorte.

According to LaPorte Police, Trotter was told Sunday by a female clerk at Family Dollar at 701 E. Lincolnway to remove from his head the hood of his sweatshirt because it made her feel uncomfortable.

Police said Trotter refused because there were no posted signs prohibiting hoods from being worn and asked to see a store policy.

The clerk told him wearing the hood posed a security concern then after getting permission from her manager to ask him to leave called 911, police said.

According to police, the man at the request of the store manager was informed by an officer not to return or he would be arrested.

He was then added to the police department's no trespassing list containing the names of people banned from certain locations for their behavior.

Trotter said the same store clerk. though, was friendly toward his Caucasian girlfriend when she later went inside with a hood on to purchase the toothbrush he was not allowed to buy.

''It's disheartening,'' he said.

Trotter said he did not raise his voice or do anything to cause the store clerk to feel unsafe.

The store directed calls about the matter be directed to the corporate office which could not be reached.
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