WICHITA ― Sattar Ali, a Dearborn man who moved his family to Kansas says he regrets the decision, after he, his wife, and daughter were all in handcuffs while attempting to deposit a large check that was acquired through the sale of their home.
According to the Kansas-based TV station, the Ali family recently sold their Dearborn home and moved to Wichita, Kansas, so the father could finish his degree and they could be closer to his son at Wichita State.
Sattar Ali took a check for $151,000 to the bank so he could deposit it until they could buy a place. He told the station that he had all the documents necessary.
“I went to the bank to deposit the check and I took all of the documents with me to verify,” he said.
“I told them I don’t need it until I find a house. So keep the check with you, verify, take your time,” he said. “Simply we were just going there to deposit a check. We were not asking for money.”
A few minutes later and Ali said more than 15 police cars showed up for his arrest.
“I was talking to them for less than five minutes and I found the police behind me, handcuffed me, confiscated everything and took me outside,” he said.
Both his wife Hadil and their 15-year-old daughter Hawra, who were waiting in the car outside the bank, were also arrested and were held for three hours at a police headquarters.
Police also ordered his 11-year-old son’s school to hold him because the family was in custody.
“They didn’t say why or what happened or what did we do. I’m trying to figure out what did we do,” Sattar added.
In a statement, Wichita police that said they were called to the bank for an attempted forgery.
“Officers on scene made attempts to verify the legitimacy of the check, and were unable to do so,” read the statement. “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.”
The Ali family are Iraqi-Americans and American citizens. Ali said they lived in Wichita for years before moving to Dearborn. He now believes that he was racially profiled and called out Wichita for the actions taken against him and his family.
“Does Wichita not welcome any foreigners?,” he asked. “Then tell us. Be up front and forward with people and say, you are not welcome in our city.”
The bank released a statement saying that it “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.”