Oregon jury awards $105,000 for false arrest of black woman

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A jury awarded $105,000 Monday to a 59-year-old African-American woman who was falsely accused of shoplifting at the H&M clothing store at the Clackamas Town Center mall at Portland.

Brenda Moaning was one of hundreds of shoppers to flock to the opening days of the store in May 2011, but she says she was singled out by loss-prevention officers because she is black.

Multnomah County jurors said Moaning didn't prove racial discrimination, but they said H&M had committed false arrest and acted with malice.

The Oregonian reports Moaning feels vindicated on some points but is disappointed that jurors found race didn't play a role.

She was accused of taking a sweater, but she had already paid for it.