Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Speaks Out After Being Mistaken for Bank Robber in Atlanta
A trip to the bank ended in handcuffs for “Black Panther” movie director Ryan Coogler in what police are now calling a “mistaken arrest.”
According to an incident report CBS46 obtained from the Atlanta Police Department, Coogler entered a Bank of America and attempted to withdraw $12,000. He wrote the request on a piece of paper and handed it to the bank teller. The note read “I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account. Please do the money counter somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.”
The bank teller apparently told police that Coogler did have his government ID and Bank of America card visible, but when she went to check his account she allegedly saw an alert notification and quickly told her manager that Coogler was attempting to rob the bank. At this point, police were contacted and officers responded to the scene.
Police say they initially confronted Coogler’s drivers who told officers that he was a movie producer and stopped at the bank to handle a financial transaction. Officers asked the drivers to describe Coogler and concluded that he matched the description of the suspected bank robber they were told about by dispatch. The drivers were detained and placed in the back of an APD patrol vehicle as officers proceeded to enter the bank and place Coogler in handcuffs.
Many online believe Coogler was racially profiled. The NAACP agrees.
“The presumption is always that they’ve done something wrong, he’s here to rob us. He can’t be here to withdraw money that’s his,” said Richard Rose, president of the Atlanta NAACP Branch.