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Store owner who choked suspected shoplifter: I was insane

Store owner who choked suspected shoplifter: I was insane Store owner who choked suspected shoplifter: I was insane
Eleena Tovar | 14 Marcha, 2017, 01:55

- A beauty supply shop manager has been fired after cell phone video appears to show him assaulting a woman accused of stealing from the store, officials said.

In the video, the owner, Sung Ho Lim, can be seen confronting the unidentified woman.

The store owner blocked the exit and asked the woman to show him what was in her bag after the alarm went off, police said. "I don't have anything".

Lim is visible in the video kicking the woman, then taking her to the ground and putting her in a choke hold.

On Sunday, community leaders and customers held a protest, calling for a boycott of the store. "It's all my fault", he said. "I have to take the whole video and give it to the police".

John C. Barnett, a civil rights activist, was one of many showing up to protest the store.

"You can not take police matters in your own hands".

Police said a 25-year-old woman wearing a pink hoodie and black leggings, attempted to leave the store after she concealed merchandise. "Whatever the case may be, we know he can not be keeping someone in a choke hold, stealing or not". "I went insane", Lim said. So far, no arrests have been made. "It just happened. I went insane".

Calls and e-mails to the Charlotte NAACP branch for comment were not immediately returned, but Min. Corine Mack, president of the Charlotte branch of the NAACP told WBTV that the store owner "took it upon himself to treat her in a way that no woman should be treated".

During the demonstration, Lim reportedly met with the group and apologized.

WBTV reports the incident took place Thursday at the Missha Beauty store on Charlotte, N.C.'s west side. "In fact, no person should be treated". "That's why I'm so disgusted and hurt". "No matter what the reason, I feel very sorry to her and to them".

Mack said Lim needs to apologize to the African-American community in Charlotte.

"Guess what, we are the ones who go to his store on a regular basis, and allow his family to live a good quality of life", said Mack.