The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
Camilla Hudson wanted to use a manufacturer’s coupon at CVS on North Broadway on Friday night, but a manager who said he’d never seen a coupon like that called the police, she said in a Facebook post.
“So, THIS just happened: I had the police called on me for attempting to use a coupon @ the CVS Pharmacy located at 6150 N. Broadway in Chicago!” Hudson said in her widely shared Facebook post. In the video, the manager, identified as Morry Matson, is seen shaking as he speaks with police on the phone. While describing Hudson to police, he calls her African-American to which she responds “I’m black. Black isn’t a bad word.”
Matson is running for 48th Ward alderman. One of his campaign promises is “increased police presence throughout Alderman Matson’s 48th Ward.” According to his aldermanic campaign website, he was a state delegate for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election and is president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois, a group advocating for LGBTQ conservatives.
CVS has issued a statement:
We sincerely apologize to Ms. Hudson for her experience in one of our stores. Our Region Director in Chicago contacted Ms. Hudson as soon as we were made aware of this incident. CVS has begun an investigation and we will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again. CVS Pharmacy does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores. We have firm non-discrimination policies in place to help ensure that all customers are treated with respect and dignity. Profiling or any other type of discriminatory behavior is strictly prohibited.
Heavy.com does a deep dive into Matson’s background:
In 2013, Matson created a website seeking to promote Edgewater’s need for a boardwalk along the beach, connecting Edgewater with Rogers Park, DNA Info reported. He collected hundreds of signatures from neighbors and businesses, referring to a boardwalk that was torn down in the 1950s and the city’s need for another one. His proposal was modeled after a boardwalk in Virginia. He hoped to submit thousands of signatures by the end of the year. He estimated the proposal would cost $200 million.
But his proposal eventually became part of a fraud complaint, Block Club Chicago reported. A vote on the boardwalk was yanked from the November 2016 ballot after city officials ruled that five pages of signatures that he had submitted might have been forged. A handwriting expert believed most of the signatures on those five pages might have been in Matson’s handwriting. Matson later admitted he made some of those signatures himself after co-workers and friends asked him to sign on their behalf.
A white man called the police on a Black woman for attempting to use a coupon @ the CVS Pharmacy located at 6150 N. Broadway in Chicago!
RETWEET THIS! pic.twitter.com/KnFQI4yhfT
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) July 14, 2018
(Tipped by JMG readers TJ and Michael)