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Not a constitutional violation for Wal Mart to treat kids like shoplifters, without evidence

The parents of five black kids sued Wal Mart because two Assistant Managers essentially harrassed the kids out of the store.  The kids claimed they were "profiled" and harassed by employees and security police until they left.  The Wal Mart employees argued that the kids' activities followed a "pattern of recent shoplifting incidents" and then threatened the employees who were "investigating" them.  The Court of Appeals held that the black families had not documented a violation of the Civil Rights Act, even though "no one reported seeing [the kids] attempting to steal any merchandise."

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