Mark Hayward entered a Wells Fargo branch in Point Loma on August 5, 2016 and requested to withdraw $20,000 from his bank account he had opened ten days prior, reads an April 25 lawsuit Hayward filed in federal court. The money was from an inheritance he had received, says his attorney.
He handed the teller his identification. The teller, however, refused to proceed with the transaction on account that Hayward's photo identification did not appear to match his appearance. Instead of using different verification methods, the teller phoned the San Diego Police Department to alert officers to a possible forgery.
Officers arrived at the branch and questioned Hayward. Hayward cooperated with police and answered all of their questions. Still unconvinced police arrested the 19-year-old on suspicion of forgery and detained his fiancee, Robin Rose, who was also present at the bank. Officers transported Hayward to jail. He was released the following day on bail.
The district attorney's Office opted not to file any charges.
That same day Robin Rose's brother, Jesse and his wife Lorraine Rose, entered a Wells Fargo branch on B Street in downtown San Diego. The couple also looked to withdraw $20,000 from their account. The teller refused and notified law enforcement. Police detained the couple for four hours but later released Rose and his wife.
The lawsuit accuses the San Diego Police Department of civil rights violations, racial discrimination, and assault and battery.