SOUTH BEND, Indiana (March 9, 2017)–The 18-year-old, DeJanee “Deja” McClinton, who was placed into a headlock and manhandled by former J.C. Penney loss prevention officer, Troy Minegar, filed a lawsuit against the national department store and its former employee today. The December 29, 2016 incident, at University Park Mall in Mishawaka, Indiana, was captured on video by Deja’s younger sibling and posted to Facebook where it has been “shared” over 16,000 times.
According to the complaint, Minegar approached Deja and her siblings and ordered them out of the store until they returned with their parents even though her older sister, Taylor McClintion, was 22 years old at the time. When the 18-year old and her family were leaving the store, Minegar grabbed her and placed her in a headlock, the complaint alleges. “This was a case of racial profiling, pure and simple,” said Trent A. McCain, McClinton’s attorney. “Deja and her family were minding their own business in the store when they were approached by Minegar and told they ‘did not belong there,'” McCain added. “For a grown man to use this level of force with an 18-year-old girl is reprehensible,” said McClinton’s attorney.
“I’ve been deeply hurt and humiliated,” said McClinton. McClinton added that she hopes that J.C. Penney will publicly apologize to her and her family. “A day or two after I was attacked at J.C. Penney, I went into a Wal-Mart and people started pointing at me, laughing, and talking under their breath,” McClinton said. “My life changed that day,” said McClinton.