It seems as if we are going to have to add “Banking while Black” to the long list of things we have to be mindful of doing , for society doesn’t identify it as normal behavior for us folks!
Black Panther director and beloved filmmaker Ryan Coogler has recently shared a gut wrenching incident from earlier this year as he was wrongfully accused of being a bank robber.
According to TMZ, back in January Ryan had went into a local Bank of America branch in Atlanta wearing sunglasses and a face mask. Shortly after his arrival he handed a teller a withdrawal receipt that read, “ I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account”
He had also asked the teller to “please do the money count somewhere else” because “I’d like to be discreet.” However the woman was reportedly suspicious of the transaction and states that it triggered an an alert in the system. That’s when the teller told her boss that Ryan was attempting to rob the bank.
Staffers then dialed 911, and as the police arrived, they detained the two people waiting outside for Ryan and also brought him out in handcuffs from the Bank of America branch.
A sincerely disturbing video of the incident has been released by TMZ and is currently circulating on social media. The clip show’s an officer pull his gun out upon approaching Ryan who was both unarmed completely cooperative.
“This situation should never have happened,” said Ryan in a statement to Variety. “However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.”
It has been indicated that Ryan was in Atlanta for work as he is currently shooting the highly-anticipated sequel to Black Panther, scheduled to debut in November.