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Man’s cab ride prompts racial bias complaint

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A black man says a white taxi driver locked him in his cab and drove him to jail because he thought he was a fare scofflaw.

Lawyers for Michael Orange, 29, filed a racial discrimination complaint against Marin Yellow Cab on Tuesday with the state agency that handles civil rights claims.

Orange said he hailed the cab outside a bus station in June and asked to be taken home. Instead, the cab driver locked the doors, made an abrupt U-turn and drove to the Marin County Jail.

The driver told Orange he fit the profile of a man who had skipped out on two fares, Orange said. He could either pay the fare in advance or talk to sheriff's deputies, the driver told him.