He is suing the bank now and with good reasons.
Sauntore Thomas from Detroit is a prime example of the deeply-entrenched racial bias in the entire system. He had earlier sued his employer for racial discrimination and had won a settlement against them. The amount, confidential, was presented to him in check. As he went to the TCF Bank, Livonia branch, to encash them, little did he expect that the same thing would happen again.
As reported by Freep, the bank not only refused to either cash in or deposit the check but instead initiated a fraud investigation against him. They called in the police and Sauntore had to face the humiliation of racial bias even when his checks were legitimate and his actions completely legal.
Needless to say, this annoyed Sauntore as there's only so much one can take and he decided to sue the bank for racial discrimination. Speaking with Detroit Free Press, he said: "I didn't deserve treatment like that when I knew that the check was not fraudulent. I'm a United States veteran. I have an honorable discharge from the Air Force. They discriminated against me because I'm black. None of this would have happened if I were white."
Soon thereafter, the bank released a statement saying: "We apologize for the experience Mr. Thomas had at our banking center. Local police should not have been involved. We strongly condemn racism and discrimination of any kind. We take extra precautions involving large deposits and requests for cash and in this case, we were unable to validate the checks presented by Mr. Thomas and regret we could not meet his needs."
Sauntore closed his account with the bank on the same day and opened a new one with another bank and his cheks got cleared in 12 hours. The lawsuit against the bank has been filed and he intends to pursue it completely.