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Black man handcuffed and charged with fraud while withdrawing cash

Despite having an account at Bank of America, Joe Morrow was accused of attempting to wire a fake check last year (Image: KSTP)

Last year, a black man trying to withdraw his $900 paycheck at a bank in Minnesota was handcuffed and escorted out of the building after allegedly trying to pull a fake check.

Despite having an account at Bank of America and showing his identification, police were called to Joe Morrow, who had just completed a 12-hour screening as ‘order receiver’ at a grocery store in Hopkins, Minnesota.

Police spy camera captured by KSTP shows that the banker called Morrow police just to try to verify the check through his employer after police removed the 23-year-old man from his office.

Before calling the police, Bank Manager John Askwith went to Morrow and said: ‘You always come here with fake checks.’

But the test is real.

In recent years, the social media hashtag ‘Banking while Black’ has gained traction—and lawyers and advocates say Morrow’s experience raises questions on implicit biases and racial profiling. Bank of America denied the accusations of racism but agreed to a confidential settlement with Morrow.

Morrow told the manager he worked at the company that issued the check.

‘I work there, man. And I’ll report you too, man. This is racism,’ he said.

Police Sergeant Justin Pletcher answered the manager’s calls, and in the body cam footage can be heard warning Morrow to stay calm.

‘Joe, first I need you to calm down, OK? Don’t say anything stupid because you will get caught for it. ‘

Askwith then asked the officer to put Morrow in another office. Morrow was handcuffed and moved to another room.

‘I didn’t threaten him. I was up, like, I was going crazy,’ Morrow said. ‘He [Askwith] tell the employee, “can you get him out of my office? He can get something on my desk.” That’s when I get superman. I’ll touch something on your desk?’

In the incident report, Officer Pletcher wrote that Morrow ‘threatened John with a knife’, which he denied.

While in custody, Morrow continued to try to produce proof that his wages were real.

“I get the check stub and it will show the start date, all of that and how many hours I’ve worked… I can go in here and show them that,” he told the officer. .

Morrow told ABC affiliate that the experience is ‘degrading’ and unlike anything he’s experienced before.

On Friday, Bank of America President and CEO Andy Cecere issued an apology to the community, saying: ‘I am deeply sorry for our failure and take full responsibility. duty.’

‘What Mr Morrow went through is not an experience any customer should have. All of our employees, including executives, are required to complete two levels of unconscious bias training, in addition to additional training to prevent bias and negative experiences. customer poles. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t live up to our goals,” he said.

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