4 men kicked out of Wolfchase Galleria for ‘wearing hoodies,' witness claims

CORDOVA, Tenn. — A former Journalist said that African-American men were discriminated against at a Cordova mall for wearing hoodies.

Now that mall is warning people to wear “appropriate clothing.”

Kevin McKenzie told FOX13 he captured the incident on his cell phone at the Wolfchase Galleria.

The video shows the men being escorted out of the mall over the weekend.

McKenzie said he noticed a white male security guard trailing some young men who appeared to have just come into the mall like “he was a cat after mice.”

He told FOX13 he started recording because he didn’t like the way they were being treated.

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The video shows a man being placed in handcuffs. McKenzie said at least four men were racially profiled.

When he asked security why the men were being removed from the mall, they told him it was because they were “wearing hoodies,” according to McKenzie.

McKenzie said he never saw the men wearing the hoodies over their heads.

FOX13 reviewed the code of conduct policy for the mall, which states that people “must wear appropriate clothing.” There are no specifics about what type of clothing is banned.

McKenzie said he was escorted off the property and arrested shortly after for “violating a mall rule.”

Wolfchase Galleria sent FOX13 a statement which said,

“Wolfchase Galleria is focused on providing a safe environment for all customers and employees. We require customers to not conceal their identity while on mall property as a matter of public safety. It is important that our security cameras and security personnel be able to see the faces of everyone on property. Mall security personnel respectfully ask all customers concealing their identity to conform to the policy. Police are only called if a customer refuses or becomes belligerent. In this instance, a Memphis Police Department officer repeatedly requested the individual to remove his 'hoodie.' He did not comply with this directive and was removed from the mall.”