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1116 - Edgewater CVS racial incident involved gay Republican candidate

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Jean Garcia | 17 July, 2018, 02:15

Hudson connected her experience to a spate of incidents-most famously the case of "Barbecue Becky"-in which white onlookers called the police on African Americans for little or no reason". At some point, Matson picked up the phone and called police. "Black isn't a bad word". "Meanwhile, the other manager, who had been helping me initially, came running back to tell me that I'd better leave the store immediately, because he'd called the police". But then she was approached by another employee who said he'd never seen the coupon before and insisted it was fraudulent.

The incident was first described on Facebook late Friday by Camilla Hudson, the 53-year-old victim, in a post that quickly went viral (though according to Hudson, the post has since been removed by Facebook for unspecified violations).

The police later confirmed to Buzzfeed News that there were in fact two calls made from the CVS to report an "assault in progress".

That's when she said she pulled out her phone and started recording. Our Region Director in Chicago contacted her as soon as we were made aware of this incident. CVS added that it "does not tolerate any practice that discriminates against any customer". Matson was a delegate for Trump's 2016 campaign and he's a candidate for 48th Ward alderman in Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that his campaign website - which has since been taken down - promised "increased police presence" in the 48th Ward.

CVS is now apologizing for the incident and to Hudson.

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The manager is president of the IL chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization that represents "LGBT conservatives and straight allies", and he supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, according to Raw Story.

"We have firm non-discrimination policies in place to help ensure that all customers are treated with respect and dignity", They continued.

"We will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again", a CVS spokesperson said.

Starbucks swiftly apologized this spring after two black men in a Philadelphia store for a business meeting were arrested when an employee refused to let them use the restroom without making a purchase, and later called the police and accused them of trespassing.

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