Muslim converts escorted from mall after videoing stores threatens to ‘do something to make national news’

Muslim converts escorted from mall after videoing stores threatens to ‘do something to make national news’

A couple in traditional Muslim attire was escorted out of Central Mall by Fort Smith police on Saturday (Dec. 19) after they were allegedly breaking mall policies by videotaping inside the mall.

Police said the couple, Alan Crawford and Daphne Ridenour of Muldrow, was breaking the mall’s code of conduct policy, which bans videoing inside the mall without approval from management, according to an incident report.

Police said that no crime was committed, so no charges have been filed.

However, Crawford and Ridenour said they were being racially profiled.

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Crawford was walking down the hall by the food court, along with his wife and child, and using his phone to videotape stores, the report states. Several mall-goers reported him to police and mall security officers.

A mall security officer told Crawford about the code of conduct policy banning videoing without consent, but he appeared to continue videotaping, the report states. Afterward, security officers asked him to leave the mall.

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