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“Something else was afoot here,” the man’s attorney, Deborah Gordon, told CNN affiliate WXYZ. “And in my opinion, there’s only one thing: banking while black”
Sauntore Thomas, a 44-year-old African-American man, went to a TCF Bank branch Tuesday to open a savings account and deposit checks from the settlement in a recent racial discrimination case against his former employer, his complaint says. He already had a checking account at the bank.
A bank employee “immediately appeared suspicious,” the complaint said.
“How did you get this money?” the employee asked, according to the complaint.
She refused to deposit the checks into Thomas’ account and called the police to report that Thomas was attempting to deposit fraudulent checks, the complaint said.
“Ten minutes later, Livonia Police walk in. And they said ‘Hey sir can we talk to you?’ And I was shocked, I was like ‘who, me?’” Thomas told WXYZ.
Four police officers arrived at the bank and questioned Thomas, and his attorney over the phone, about the checks.