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Black Man Allegedly Had His Car Seized Because His Wife is Biracial

by / June 11, 2014 Black News 7 Comments

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A black man driving a Lincoln Town Car alleges that he and his wife’s vehicle was illegally seized after town carinvestigators mistook him for an illegal cabbie.

Dan Keys Jr., 66, says he was only dropping his wife Symone Palermo, 53, at work when he was stopped by investigators who believed she was a cab passenger.

The couple has filed a $3 million dollar lawsuit claiming that authorities racially profiled the couple when agents seized their Lincoln Town Car for eight days. The couple says they attempted to explain the situation but still had their car seized and were issued a summons for court.

According to the New York couple, Taxi and Limousine Commission investigators believed Keys was operating a cab service because they mistook Palermo, who is biracial, for white.

“Upon information and belief, when attempting to identify illegally operated taxis, it is the official policy or custom of [the city and the TLC] to instruct its employees to target and single out vehicles operated by minorities with white passengers,” the lawsuit alleges.

Adding to the confusion, Palermo was seated in the backseat because rain had drizzled the front seat the previous evening. After dropping Palermo off at her job at Bob’s Discount Furniture, Keys was pulled over by investigators.

Keys says instead of trying to clear up the misunderstanding, investigators lied to him and said a “white female” had confirmed that he was an unlicensed cab driver. When Polermo arrived on the scene to help sort out the confusion, she was written a ticket as well.

“Once they pulled over my clients, [the investigators] had many opportunities to let them go — to realize they pulled over the wrong people. Instead they doubled down on their mistake. I believe that they flat-out lied in their summonses,” the couple’s attorney, David Haber, told DNAinfo.

The TLC did not comment on the allegations.

 

 

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7 Comment

  1. Boy of Boy! New York again? New York should be in the South – its unreal considering the fact that it has races of all kinds. It Seems to be the cops target black people all the time. I think most of those cops are Italian and they have something against blacks – The Huns (black) kicked their asses and took their women and they been making blacks suffer every since – its centuries of hate from the Italians

  2. IItalians have always been and will always be bigots. That’s not news.

  3. YES, AMBIANCE 86, YOU ARE RIGHT – IT GOES BACK CENTURIES WHEN GANGIS KAHN OF THE HUNS TRIBE INVADED ITALY.
    THAT’S WHY SOME ITALIANS ARE DARK SKINNED AND KINKY HAIR – WELL TOO BAD – DON’T HATE ON US BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST. THEY SENT THE DRUGS TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY STARTING WITH AL CAPONE.

  4. He was driving a vehicle that's typically used by car services in New York City (He knew this and should have exercised caution). His wife was seated in the rear. They have different last names (and neither was apparently carrying any marriage documentation because after all, who really does?) He'll have a case if he can prove they are/were a married couple (at the time of the police encounter) and living at the same address. Good luck to him.

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