Community members rally after man detained trying to deposit check
Friday, members of the community came together after Sattar Ali was detained while trying to deposit a check at Emprise Bank.
According to the bank, they were unable to verify the legitimacy of the check Ali received after selling property.
The Chairman of Emprise has release a statement on the incident.
Bank Chairman Matthew Michealis says the bank is sorry for the incident that occurred on Sept. 6 when a teller called 911 after saying Sattar Ali was trying to deposit a fraudulent $150,000 check.
Officers arrived on the scene. Ali and his family were all taken downtown to the police department's investigations division. About 48 minutes later, detectives verified the legitimacy of the check after making additional calls.
In his statement, Michaelis says the bank will "conduct a complete review of the incident" with all parties involved. He says Emprise Bank staff will now participate in sensitivity training.
"At Emprise, we believe that what we do and say is a reflection of who we are. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind," said Michaelis in the statement.
Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay also offered an apology on behalf of the Wichita Police Department.
He too said, “Even though WPD Officers followed policy, we feel bad for what happened in the course of the investigation."
Members of the Council of American-Islamic Relations are still looking for answers while at today's rally civil rights attorney and 4th congressional district candidate James Thompson had the following statement on the incident "I was appalled and I felt badly that the family moved here and that was the welcome that they got from our community.”
Wichita police say the bank called 9-1-1 saying it couldn't verify the check and thought it was fake and Emprise Bank says there was a concern with the routing number and name.
Officers from the Wichita Police Department will have implicit-bias training October 1st, but that is not related to the incident.