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Old 09-13-2017, 12:02 AM
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Sattar Ali and his family recently moved back to Wichita, Kansas after living for several years in Dearborn, Michigan, according to local ABC affiliate KAKE. Ali is completing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Wichita State University, where his 18-year-old son is also studying.
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The Iraqi-American family had sold their home in Michigan and was attempting to deposit the check of $151,000 at a local bank. Ali brought with him all the necessary verification papers and wasn't asking for any money - just to deposit the funds.
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A few minutes later, he was in handcuffs in the back of a police car with his wife Hadil and 15-year-old daughter Hawra.

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"No one told me why I was being arrested until we were being released," Ali told his university's Student newspaper. "They didn’t read me rights or anything."
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"They jumped to conclusions," he explained, because the check was "presented by someone named Sattar Ali, not James or Robert."
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Ali also voiced his concern over the fact that his wife and daughter were arrested. They had been waiting in the car outside the bank for him, and yet police arrested them as well.
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"How would they know those people are with me?" Ali asked. "Let’s assume I made a mistake and gave them a bad check,” he said. “Why would they arrest my wife and daughter?"
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Police held the family from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. after the check was found – surprise, surprise – to be legitimate. During the ordeal, the police called the private school where Ali's 11-year-old son studies, telling the school to hold the child while his family remained in custody.
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"We were devastated. Terrified. Crying the whole time," Ali said. "We had no idea what the arrest was for."
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"No one told me why I was being arrested until we were being released," Ali told his university's Student newspaper. "They didn’t read me rights or anything."

"They jumped to conclusions," he explained, because the check was "presented by someone named Sattar Ali, not James or Robert."
More to the story (of course)...

From the actual story from KAKE, the local ABC affiliate...

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A statement from Wichita police says police were called to the bank for an attempted forgery.

In a statement Wichita police said, "Officers on scene made attempts to verify the legitimacy of the check, and were unable to do so. Wichita Police Detectives were utilized as part of the investigation due to their expertise and access to additional resources. The Detectives, using the additional resources, were able to verify the legitimacy of the check."

Emprise Bank issued the following statement:

".. We are aware of a situation at the 21st and Woodlawn branch yesterday and can confirm that our team acted in accordance with our policies and procedures. If faced with the same circumstances today, we would expect our team to take the same actions."
Now,of course, the reason WHY they were suspected of attempted forgery has not been made public...

..but, as mandated by political correctness, the Left MUST say that it's because of his skin and name until proven otherwise....Now shut up!...
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More to the story (of course)...

From the actual story from KAKE, the local ABC affiliate...

Now,of course, the reason WHY they were suspected of attempted forgery has not been made public...

..but, as mandated by political correctness, the Left MUST say that it's because of his skin and name until proven otherwise....Now shut up!...
someone sent me a check for a little over two thousand dollars recently. Since I was in the middle of getting rebated for a warranty and some other things, I thought it was legit. -what it was I found out late cause I don't always check my email-was some one on craigslist had offered to buy an item of mine but mentioned they would pay for shipping.- I guess they thought I would "reimburse" them before cashing the check.
The check immediately triggered a fraud alert at the bank and they kept the check for evidence. No one was arrested or even a hint of that.
And as the man in Kansas has said-even if the check had been a fraud, why would they arrest his family and detain his school aged child?
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if his name was robert smith this would not have happened.
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And as the man in Kansas has said-even if the check had been a fraud, why would they arrest his family and detain his school aged child?
AS I STATED, the reason was not given in any article I've seen, so the current answer is unknown...

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if his name was robert smith this would not have happened.
And my last sentence of my first comments in this thread?...

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..but, as mandated by political correctness, the Left MUST say that it's because of his skin and name until proven otherwise....
Thank you for proving my point...
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But the WHOLE FAMlLY was held ...because it might be a bad check?
really? Sorry, it doesn't smell right to me.
But like the white nurse that was harrased by cops recentely it may just be a case of ignorant cops.

And part of the problem is Banks today have so many rules about "large checks" and "suspicious activity" at this point that something like this ... though less extreme... is not that surprising.
Suspicious Activity Reports: Terrorism And You | Bankrate.com
Everyone's a suspect... any of us may have "triggered" a report.
But especially anyone named Ali with a woman wearing a burka!!
the thing is many people defend this kind of profiling ...can't be to careful right?
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