Sunday, April 15, 2018
DWIGHT MORRIS VS. T.D. BANK, ET AL. A-2268-16T1
DWIGHT MORRIS VS. T.D. BANK, ET AL.
Plaintiff was in line at the bank behind a man of the same race who passed a note to defendant-bank's teller demanding money. The teller complied and the robber left. Another employee, seeing the note and believing the man in front of the teller's window — plaintiff — was the robber, called 9-1-1 and provided a description, including the race of the suspect. Police arrived and questioned defendant, who claimed he suffered from PTSD as a result of the incident.
Plaintiff sued the bank alleging negligence in the violation of bank policies and in his misidentification as the robber. The
court concludes, consistent with decisions in several other states, that there is no cause of action for negligent identification/misidentification, nor should New Jersey recognize such a tort, given the state's strong public policy to foster cooperation between citizens and law enforcement.