Bishop v. Toys “R” Us

414 F. Supp. 2d 385 (2006)

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Bishop v. Toys “R” Us

District Court for the Southern District of New York
414 F. Supp. 2d 385 (2006)

Facts

Samaad Bishop (plaintiff), a Black man, purchased a gift at a store owned by Toys “R” Us (defendant). Bishop alleged that when Bishop left the store, the store security guard demanded that Bishop show his receipt for the purchase. Allegedly, the guard blocked Bishop’s path, shoved him back into the store, and told him that he was not free to leave. The guard also said that checking receipts was store policy and that Black people stole more often than White people. Bishop alleged that two White women left the store past the guard without being stopped. Bishop sued Toys “R” Us, arguing that the guard’s treatment of him had been motivated by discrimination against him as African American in violation of his civil rights. Bishop alleged that the guard had been sworn in as a special patrolman by the city or state of New York and had the powers and duties of a police officer. Toys “R” Us moved for judgment on the pleadings.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Castel, J.)

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