MPD police report: State Senator Lena Taylor calls bank teller racial slur during April dispute
According to the report, officers responded to the bank on Wisconsin Avenue for a disorderly conduct incident involving Taylor after she got upset with a bank teller and called them a "House (N-word)."
Taylor was there to see if a check she had received for the mother of a renter from a property she owned had sufficient funds and was able to be cashed. The teller told Taylor she had to sign the back of the check which she refused to do.
After speaking with an MPD Captain, Taylor said she called the teller a "House Negro."
Taylor was issued a disorderly conduct citation for $195.
State Senator Lena Taylor issued a statement Friday afternoon that said, "I strongly object to the nature and characterization of my visit to a Wells Fargo Bank branch." The statement goes on to say that Taylor believes the police report and media coverage continues a pattern of unfair treatment when dealing with African-Americans.
Here is the full statement:
"I strongly object to the nature and characterization of my visit to a Wells Fargo bank branch. The police report and subsequent coverage, in certain media outlets, continues a consistent pattern of unfair treatment and a misrepresentation of the facts when dealing with African-Americans, especially those who vigorously advocate for themselves and their community."