An Muslim American family faced arrest by U.S. police after the father tried to deposit a check of $151,000 in a Kansas bank.
The Ali family recently sold their home in Dearborn, Michigan. He moved back to Wichita, Kansas he said, to finish his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at Wichita State University where the Ali’s 18-year-old son is also a student. The Muslim family was attempting to deposit the check 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.
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. Police take them into custody also and take all three downtown to police headquarters for questioning. And while holding the family for nearly three hours, police called the private school the Ali’s 11-year-old son attends in Andover, telling the school to hold their son because the family was in police custody.
Police held the family from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. after the check was found to be legitimate.The local police have simply said they were unable to verify the check at the bank, although they were later able to do so. However, it remains unclear why they were called in the first place, and especially why they were called in such a short amount of time.
As for the bank, it doubled-down in defense of its employees saying: “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.”
Ali, who originally lived in Wichita from 1999 to 2008, told the Sunflower that this was the first time he ever felt unwelcome.
“I would expect this in the 1950s. Not now,” he said
“I don’t want people to feel sad for me. I just want people to be aware that we have an issue,” Ali said. “This shouldn’t be a product of 21st century.”
The Ali family plans to take legal action in response to the incident.