St. Louis Police Reportedly Barricaded Bank Of America, Wouldn’t Allow Customers To Withdraw Money Or Close Accounts

Corporate banks across America are refusing to allow customers to close their own accounts. Citibank in New York City recently had customers arrested for trying to do so, and Bank of America in Santa Cruz, California refused to close accounts as well. Now, a Bank of America in St. Louis has been using the police department for the last few weeks to protect itself from their own customers coming in to close accounts.

According to an eyewitness and Bank of America customer, police stopped him from entering the bank to close his account so that he could place his money in a smaller community bank. Police have apparently barricaded the doors and have a SWAT team standing by to take down customers if necessary.

Eye witness account:

“They would not let me get past that barricade, where those three guys are. I talked to the lieutenant of the St. Louis Police Department – and he said they [customers?] don’t have a legal right – but he was going to try to work out something, a symbolic gesture where eight people to pull out their money, I being one of them. He came back later and said they [BofA] will not go along with that. You will have to withdraw your money online.”

Here’s the video:

The Bank of America web site has been intermittently in and out of service for the last 72 hours, making it difficult, if not impossible for customers to access their accounts.

Just outside the bank, protests are bing held as part of the ‘Occupy Movement’ that has swept the nation. It really does look like banks have their own personal police forces. The officers protecting these banks, should really be protecting us. By refusing to close accounts and give people their money, these banks are stealing, plain and simple.