The Blanchards on Centre Street is feeling heat after employees tipped cops that they thought a cognac thief had returned to the store. The man fingered turned out to be an African American professor who had nothing to do with the theft.
The Bay State Banner has the full story on the incident and repercussions. Employees thought Robert Johnson Jr., a JP resident and chair of the UMass Boston Africana Studies department, bore a close resemblance to a man who had stolen 20 bottles of cognac back in March. Police later questioned Johnson about the incident but he was not charged.
Blanchards employees told the Banner they don’t dispute the facts in the incident, but they say it was not a case of racial profiling but rather mistaken identity.