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A dispute over a $600 ATM deposit, which allegedly turned ugly and led to the arrest of a longtime member and a “black while banking” accusation at a branch of the $6.6 billion MidFlorida Credit Union in Lakeland, is at the center of a civil lawsuit filed by a nationally-recognized attorney.

Ben Crump, a prominent civil rights and personal injury attorney, held a press conference Thursday in front of the Orange County courtroom in Orlando, Fla., claiming that his client, Linda Stephens, a 70-year-old retired Black teacher and a credit union member for nearly 50 years, was a victim of racial discrimination at the MidFlorida branch in Bartow. The lawsuit also alleged that Stephens, who was arrested for disorderly conduct, was mistreated and abused by police officers.

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