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Target security guard slugs female shopper after she demanded $1,000 bill be paid by ‘reparations’

A security officer at the Target store slapped a Black female customer in the face after the two argued over more than $1,000 worth of food. According to a police report, the altercation started when the customer demanded “reparations” while standing in a checkout line.

While the incident took place at Ohio’s Blue Ash, Ohio, Target in October 2022, a video of the altercation is presently becoming viral on social media.

According to The New York Post, customer Karen Ivery, 37, asked a cashier to get the manager about the bill and restitution. The management told the customer to call in the morning if she needed a contribution, according to the police, when the manager arrived at the checkout area.

The management said that Ivery became verbally hostile as a result of this. Every allegedly moved “aggressively” in the direction of the manager after that.

The 28-year-old Zach Cotter, a security guard, stepped in. According to the allegation, he requested that Ivery leave the shop. She apparently started yelling at Cotter instead, then followed him into his office. Every apparently forced her way inside the office as he tried to close the door, and Cotter reportedly punched her as a result.

He then made a police call. Ivery was detained even though she didn’t require medical assistance. The reason Cotter left the checkout area and went to his office rather than handling the problem is left unexplained in the report.

After studying the incident’s closed-circuit TV tape, the authorities said they found Ivery to be the “aggressor.” She was detained.

Ivery was heard telling an officer that she wanted the cashier to speak with the manager “so we could have a larger conversation about how money works, how the provision works, and how it’s been working in our community in a very wrong way” in a bodycam video of the alleged incident that was posted online.

She said, “This is my Rosa Parks moment.” According to the Daily Mail, Ivery was given a day in prison and fined $110 for his unruly behavior.

Speaking about the situation, a Target spokeswoman opted not to comment. If Cotter is still working for Target is unknown.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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