Black Lives Matter protesters have organized a demonstration outside of the Wegmans in Johnson City on Saturday. They are protesting an alleged case of racial profiling by a store employee.
Mann, the artist responsible for painting the massive Black Lives Matter mural on Wall Street in Binghamton last year, alleges that the employee acted aggressively towards the family without any reason, resulting in a situation that prompted store security to intervene.
Wegmans stated that the protest put the safety of its staff and customers at risk. They called the police after the protesters refused to leave their private property.
The rally on Saturday will take place at 5 p.m. at the store located on Harry L Drive.
On Friday, Wegmans issued the following statement:
There was an event at our Johnson City store on Thursday, where one of our customers, along with her family, were treated poorly by a member of our staff. Since the incident, there has been an outpouring of genuine concern from the local community.
We would like to publicly apologize for the harm caused to this family, and anyone else impacted by this incident. For privacy reasons we cannot disclose specifics, but we have taken swift and decisive measures to ensure this type of incident will not happen again.
We continue to listen to our people, our customers, and our community.
At Wegmans, we continue to have zero tolerance for racial discrimination of any kind and stand for diversity and inclusion for all.
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