Bell was arrested less than one month after he completed a sentence for his role in the beating of a fellow classmate, Justin Barker, at Jena High School in 2006.
Police said Bell and an unidentified male were spotted Wednesday by store security after they placed $370 worth of merchandise in a Dillardâ€™s shopping bag. After the two separated, Bell left the store, was followed by a security officer, and began running through the parking lot.
Louis Scott who has represented Bell in the past said that preconceived notions on the part of Dillardâ€™s employees may have played a role in Bellâ€™s arrest.
â€œDillardâ€™s has a tradition of being overly suspicious of young black males,â€ Scott said.
Dillardâ€™s has been accused racial profiling in lawsuits in Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Georgia.
Is it possible that someone can be both from a “disadvantaged” group… and also a criminal? We see only that they’re disadvantaged, advantaged, OR a criminal. We don’t acknowledge how much overlap occurs between those groups.