Q: I did not commit a crime yet I was given a trespass warning. Today I was shopping in Walmart with my husband, 8 month old, my disabled cousin and my brother. In April of this year my brother was arrested for shoplifting and was given a trespass warning. We did not realize when you are trespassed it is good for a year we thought it was 6 months and that his trespass was over. Today while shopping deputies approached us as a group and started questioning my brother in the middle of the store. When asked what was going on the deputies became rude and continued asking questions. Two loss prevention associates were also present (we did not know they were Walmart employees because they did not address themselves as such). They were laughing and giggling like average civilians. I had asked why the two associates were standing so close as we did not know they were employees of Walmart.The employee then said to me I work for Walmart and its none of your business. I started getting agitated as the deputies presence was drawing a crowd and my 8 month old was present I asked why the police couldn’t take my brother to a private place instead of embarrassing not only my brother but my entire party as well Besides my brother not realizing he was trespassing we did nothing wrong we didnt commit a crime against Walmart or its associates to be treated with such utter disrespect.When I asked why we were being trespassed they said because of my tone and being with a previously trespassed person Rather than make an arrest in private they did so in front of the entire store and my brother in no way was disrespectful nor in a position which required for an immediate arrest to be made so publicly. Is there any recourse available.
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