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Skokie police drew their guns and surrounded a Bank of America Monday morning because two “suspicious” men wanted to open an account.


The men who were targeted by police called it “racial profiling” and a police over-reaction.

The two were apparently trying to open an account, but employees thought they appeared suspicious and called police. A bank employee said there is no security at the branch, which is across from the Old Orchard Mall.

After police surrounded the bank, both men surrendered. One man left the bank with his arms up, while the other sat on the sidewalk with two officers pointing machine guns at him. The men had no weapons.

After checking out the men’s story, Skokie police shook hands with them and let them go on their way.

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