A white security guard who was caught on camera following an African-American man around a grocery store on Sunday has been "replaced" pending an internal investigation into allegations that he also followed the man and friends outside and took pictures of their car.

Breaux Mart in New Orleans said in a Facebook post Monday that the store treats allegations of racial profiling seriously and has "replaced" the guard pending the outcome of the investigation.

Store owners said that they would be speaking to the guard about the incident.


“We are getting to the bottom of what happened,” the store's Facebook post reads. “We’ve reached out to the man in the video privately, and we are looking forward to speaking with him. Breaux Mart has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind and we take this situation very seriously. We treat our employees, and customers equally, no matter what. In the meantime, the security guard on duty has been replaced while we investigate.”

In the video originally posted to Facebook, the unnamed guard can be seen following a man, Branson Morgan, around the store for several minutes.

Morgan says he told store owners about the incident, and when the guard was not reprimanded, left without purchasing anything.

“Three of us (two white, and me) were in one aisle looking at products (not causing a scene, being disruptive or causing any harm whatsoever) when this security guard comes up, stands about 3 ft from my friends and I and crosses his arms in a very confrontational, oppressive way,” Morgan wrote on Facebook. “At this point we felt VERY uncomfortable and it was obvious that he was profiling us, and wanted us to feel unwelcome. I then tell the man that we have money and are not doing anything wrong. We go a few aisles away to find our friend and tell him to return all of his items, and that we’re not spending money at a store like this."

Morgan added that after he left, the guard followed him outside into the parking lot and took several pictures of his vehicle as the three men departed.