guy arrested at a Bank of America in San Francisco

“A few minutes later, four SFPD officers came into the bank. They didn’t say a thing. They just kicked my legs apart and handcuffed me behind my back.”

The police report for Shinnick’s arrest says he was taken into custody “for the safety of the bank employees as well as the bank customers.”

Shinnick said he was never read his rights. He said he was instructed by one of the cops to keep his mouth shut and not say anything. Shinnick said he remained handcuffed in the bank lobby for about 45 minutes while the police spoke with BofA workers.

The Supreme Court case, Hagberg vs. California Federal Bank, was remarkably similar to Shinnick’s. It involved a woman who presented an unusually large check for deposit from her stockbroker.

A teller believed the check was phony and called the police. The check turned out to be real, but by then the police had arrived and had handcuffed the woman.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/08/30/BUGTGKRHSF1.DTL

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A few people may now refuse to accept Bank of America checks from strangers.

The staring by the branch manager may have been some type of visual criminal profiling.

While researching this issue, I found out that the San Francisco Police Department is supposedly “In Crisis” for other reasons:

http://www.sfgate.com/sfpd/

Meanwhile, radio talk show host Clark Howard is charting some kind of Bank of America boycott:

http://clarkhoward.com/topics/boa_meter.html

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