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Activists Accuse Chicago Mall Owner of Racial Profiling

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The protestors were members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

They say General Growth Properties has unfairly asked black and Latino youth to leave many of its 200 shopping malls nationwide.

African American teens from Detroit and Milwaukee say mall guards accused them of stealing.

Patricia Hollins is with ACORN Detroit.

HOLLINS: We want these practices stopped. We want them to know that our youth are as healthy and as wealthy as anyone else in this country. And where they choose to spend their money is where they choose to spend their money.

Some group members filed claims with the Wisconsin Equal Rights Office, which are still being investigated.

A GGP spokesman denies the allegations and says the company doesn’t tolerate discrimination.

He says GGP is open to further discussions with ACORN.

For Chicago Public Radio, I’m Miriam Gottfried.

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