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FYI I answered but despite my white privilege (are Italians white? not sure) my opinion was censored.
If you are from the north, probably. From the south, perhaps, it depends. Italians are very different from each other. Südtirol is almost Austria for example.
 

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y: Brittany Johnson
Posted: Jan 20, 2020 / 10:50 PM MST / Updated: Jan 23, 2020 / 01:38 AM MST

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – A junior varsity basketball player at Ben Lomond High School was handcuffed and detained following his game on Friday at Cedar Valley High School.
Laval Stephens, 16, says he and a group of his teammates were sitting on the Cedar Valley side watching the varsity game when an administrator from Cedar Valley High asked them to move.
Laval told ABC4’s Brittany Johnson, he asked the school official why he had to move if he wasn’t doing anything wrong.
“I was just asking, ‘Can you please give me a reason why I have to move? Is there anywhere in the rulebook that says I have to move?’ “
According to Laval, he agreed to leave the area and walked with his coach back to Ben Lomond’s side of the gym.
The basketball player said while he was walking with his coach, a deputy with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department approached him, and that’s when things escalated and took a turn for the worst.
“When he told me to leave he said, ‘You have five minutes to get outside or you’re trespassing.’ So I went outside. I wasn’t being aggressive. I didn’t even touch him.”
“He starts pushing me in the back and then said ‘You’re walking too slow.’ He grabbed me in the back and started pushing me out the door,” Laval recalled.
“I felt like it was unnecessary because I didn’t do anything. He didn’t even take my backpack off. He just put my hands behind my back. My backpack was weighing down on my hands. It was hurting so bad and the rocks were freezing cold.”
The student-athlete, who says he was not the only Ben Lomond player on the opposing team’s side, believes he was targeted because of his skin color but says it was important for him to stay calm during the ordeal.
“I didn’t want to get shot. I see young black men get shot every day. I didn’t want to be a hashtag.”
“It just broke my heart. It broke my heart,” LaTanya Stephens, Laval’s mother said, with tears running down her cheeks. “He’s never been in trouble. I just felt like they went so overboard.”
LaTanya and her husband Vincent believe the police officer could have better handled the situation with their son.
“He immediately targeted my son, threw him on the ground, treated him like an animal, and radioed for backup like he was a criminal,” said Vincent Stephens.
“He [police officer] didn’t diffuse it. He came in there like he was holding the school hostage. I’m very upset and I’m getting down to the bottom of it,’ LaTanya said.
Jon Rentmeister, another Ben Lomond parent, was at the game and witnessed the incident. Jon told ABC4 News that he noticed, “Laval was in trouble” and walked outside to record what was going on.
“I saw the officer get behind him and start doing the push thing – push, push,” Jon explained, while doing a push motion with his hand. “That’s what kind of bothered me.”
“What made you record the incident?” asked ABC4’s Brittany Johnson.
“I thought the way it was being handled wasn’t right. Had it had been my kids I would have hoped someone would have done the same thing,” Jon replied.
Jon’s wife, Melissa, was also in attendance for the game. From her vantage point, the situation escalated when the officer got involved.
“The officer and the administrative person decided to insert themselves and escalate the situation that didn’t need to be. He was already going back with his coach. There was no problem,” she said.
The mother of current and past Ben Lomond athletes said putting Laval in handcuffs was unnecessary.
“This kid is not threatening, he doesn’t have a weapon, he’s not resisting, he’s not talking vulgarity, nothing!”
Laval was not arrested but says he is still shaken from what happened.
“I kind of feel humiliated. I just feel embarrassed at this point.”
In an email on Monday, Utah County Sheriff’s confirmed to ABC4 News that it is investigating the matter.
ABC4 News reached out to Alpine School District. A spokesperson confirmed the incident is under investigation but declined our request for comment.
Jer Bates, Communications Director with Ogden School District, emailed the following statement:
“We are aware of the situation. Because the incident involves a student I cannot comment on any specifics. I am only able to say that administrators from both schools along with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office are working together to investigate this incident.”
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A black man in Michigan tried to deposit checks at his bank. The manager called police.

Ironically, the checks that Sauntore Thomas tried to deposit were from a settlement for a racial discrimination lawsuit against his former employer.


Sauntore Thomas, right, and his lawyer, Deborah Gordon, left, on Jan. 23, 2020 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Jan. 24, 2020, 11:51 AM EST
By Minyvonne Burke
An African American man who went to his local bank in Michigan to deposit checks had the police called on him by a branch manager suspecting fraud.
Ironically, the checks, totaling $99,000, that Sauntore Thomas, 44, sought to deposit at TCF Bank in Livonia were part of a court settlement for a racial discrimination lawsuit against his former employer.

Now Thomas, an Air Force veteran, has sued his bank's holding company, TCF Financial Corp., alleging racial discrimination.
The suit filed this week in Wayne County Circuit Court says Thomas has had a checking account at the bank since 2018, and he went there on Tuesday asking the branch manager to open a savings account for him so he could deposit the checks.
But the manager became suspicious that the checks were fraudulent and questioned Thomas about where he got them, the suit alleges.
The manager told Thomas that the checks would need to be verified, but that the computer system the bank uses to verify checks was not working. In order to complete Thomas' transaction, the manager said she would need to go in the back and "call in the checks," the suit says.
Instead of trying to verify the checks, the suit claims that the manager refused to deposit them and then went into the back to call Livonia police. Four officers arrived at the bank and questioned Thomas about the checks.
Thomas called his lawyer on the phone to have her verify where he got the checks from but that still did not satisfy the branch manager.
Defendant still refused to deposit the checks," the suit states. "TCF Bank subsequently filed a police report against Plaintiff for check fraud."

Thomas eventually left the bank and went somewhere else to deposit his checks. The lawsuit claims that Thomas' race "was a factor in Defendant's decision to treat him less favorably than other individuals."

Thomas reiterated that sentiment during an interview with the The Associated Press.

“They did not want to assist me because I was African American. They didn’t want to assist me because they assumed that I had a fraudulent check, which was far from the truth," he told the outlet, adding, "This was no mistake."

A spokesman for TCF did not immediately return NBC News' request for comment. The bank told the Detroit Free Press in a statement that the police should not have been called on Thomas and that it apologizes for what happened.

“We strongly condemn racism and discrimination of any kind,” the bank said. “We take extra precautions involving large deposits and requests for cash, and in this case, we were unable to validate the checks presented by Mr. Thomas and regret we could not meet his needs.”

The lawsuit says Thomas was humiliated by the incident and suffered mental anguish and emotional distress. He is seeking damages.


I hope he wins his lawsuit :mad:
 

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Notice how in all of the stories posted here, the quote unquote victim "believes" they were targeted because of race. There is absolutely no evidence to back it up in any case, and they are always first to inject race into the picture. Every. Single. Time.

Sorry, but most of us are immune to the race card now. We literally couldn't care less about any of your made up grievances.
 

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So what was the outcome of all this? This is very disturbing that this officer didn't have a badge number... What if he wasn't a real officer? A Zimmerman type...pfft
 

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Notice how in all of the stories posted here, the quote unquote victim "believes" they were targeted because of race. There is absolutely no evidence to back it up in any case, and they are always first to inject race into the picture. Every. Single. Time.

Sorry, but most of us are immune to the race card now. We literally couldn't care less about any of your made up grievances.
A perfect example of a bigoted racist fool. One day you might realize that no one gives a hoot about what you think.

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