For years, people of color in Minnesota had claimed they were discriminated against by security guards in department stores who routinely targeted them for surveillance as shoplifters. KSTP conducted a four-month undercover investigation of this practice in several local department stores, even though they were major advertisers on the station. Using hidden cameras and planting researchers as a security guard in training and as test shoppers, KSTP documented blatant discrimination against African-American shoppers. The three-part series resulted in a consumer boycott, and two department stores canceled advertising on KSTP. Eventually 30 Minnesota retailers agreed to change their security practices.
Joel Grover, Angela Cushman, Deb Lyngdal