Filmmaker Ryan Coogler of Black Panther fame, in January, was briefly detained by Atlanta police after they mistook the director for a robber on the Bank of America. According to Variety, he confirmed the information to the outlet and stated, “This situation should never have happened. However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.” (Also read: Black Panther movie review: Unlike any Marvel movie you’ve ever seen, groundbreaking in so many ways)
The Atlanta police report states that the 35-year-old filmmaker was detained and handcuffed after he went to Bank of America to make a transaction on January 7.
Ryan, who was sporting a hat, sun shades and a Covid face masks had gone to the financial institution’s counter and handed the teller a withdrawal slip that on the again reportedly learn, “I would like to withdraw $ 12,000 cash from my checking account. Please do the money count somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.”
However, when the quantity of the transaction exceeded USD 10,000 and triggered an alert notification from Coogler’s checking account, the teller misinterpreted the state of affairs as an tried theft and knowledgeable her boss of her suspicion. They then collectively known as the police.
As police models arrived on the scene, they found a black Lexus SUV outdoors the financial institution with its engine operating and two passengers, a girl and a person, seated inside.
The duo advised an officer that they have been ready for Coogler, a “movie producer,” who was making a cash transaction. The cop requested the person for an outline of Coogler and police stated within the report that it matched the outline of the male suspect that was “attempting to rob the Bank of America.”
Coogler’s colleagues have been detained at the back of a police car, and Coogler was handcuffed and brought out of the financial institution by two of the officers. After verifying Coogler’s identification and his Bank of America account, the officers launched him and his colleagues.
The police report additionally stated that Coogler requested the identify and badge numbers of all of the officers.
Bank of America, in a press release advised Variety, “We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologised to Mr. Coogler.”
Coogler has been filming the sequel to the superhero tentpole, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in Atlanta. The movie is ready for release in November.