#Roommates, stories like this are becoming all too familiar. Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas, is putting his neighborhood Chase bank on blast after an employee called the police on him for what he describes as “banking while black.”
Mayor Richard Thomas addressed the situation at a press conference where he spoke in great length about what happened to him. “We’ve seen a situation happen where the police are called on people of color, particularly black people, for no apparent reason,” he said. He also continued: “As a mayor and as a young, well-educated black man living during this turbulent time in society where police are being called on black people for going about everyday life, this is unacceptable.”
To watch his press conference, click here
A spokesperson for Chase denies that Mayor Thomas (or anyone on his team) was racially profiled during his visit.
During Mayor Thomas’ press conference, he also took the time to highlight other incidences of racial profiling. Referencing the two black men who were placed in handcuffs at Starbucks in Philadelphia, as well as another political candidate #JanelleBynum who was racially profiled while she was campaigning.
This is apparently what went down Roommates, Mayor Thomas was at the bank along with his chief of staff and wanted to get access to bank records and deposit a six-figure city check. He was denied access to the bank records and was asked to sit in a conference room where he reportedly waited for 90 minutes. After his wait, police officers were called to the bank.
Mayor Thomas filed a racial profiling complaint with the Office of Currency Comptroller Monday. We’ll keep you up on what happens next roommates!