He wore a jacket, beanie, sunglasses, and mask as he entered the bank.
Ryan Coogler, the director of hit show “Black Panther,” was mistakenly detained when a bank teller in Atlanta became worried about a possible robbery.
According to a police report acquired by TMZ, the incident happened on January 18 when Coogler requested a cash withdrawal from Bank of America by giving a letter to an unnamed teller and asking that the transaction be conducted “discreetly.”
The withdrawal request was for more than $10,000. After informing her supervisor that she suspected Coogler of attempting to loot the bank and received “an alert notification from Mr. Coogler’s account,” the teller called 911.
Responding policemen handcuffed the filmmaker, while two of his companions were escorted to a police van. “The incident was a mistake by Bank Of America,” the officer who wrote out the police report noted, adding that “Mr Coogler was never in the wrong,” and “immediately taken out of handcuff.”
Coogler also verified the incident. “This situation should never have happened,” he said. “However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.”
On Wednesday, a Bank of America official told the publication, “We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler.”
Coogler was in Georgia at the time of the incident, focusing on the sequel to his 2018 hit, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The movie is expected to hit theaters in November.
Reactions to “Black Panther” Director Ryan Coogler Mistaken For Bank Robber
the ableism & anti-Blackness in response to Ryan Coogler.— TL (@talilalewis) March 10, 2022
Writing is a legitimate way to communicate. YES! legit in banks, masks, shades, hoodies, Black skin.
Black people who don't rely on speech to communicate are in mortal danger daily, but folks got jokes.
I really can't.
Ryan Coogler…. Oscar nominated… directed the biggest Black film of our time…and was still arrested for trying to take his OWN money out of his OWN bank account. To BE BLACK IN AMERICA. Tuh.— Crystal Lynn (@Lynn_CrysH) March 10, 2022
The situation with Ryan Coogler is a perfect example of why the folks who think class is a much more important consideration than race have no idea what they’re talking about. Having wealth does not shield Black people from racism.— Lisa Bee (@leebee4life) March 9, 2022
Live look at people defending a bank for falsely accusing a black man of robbery. How dare Ryan Coogler wear a mask during a pandemic whilst trying to withdraw his OWN money. #BlackLivesMatter #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/R3JCXNwyUV— 💗Queen of WokeHammer,WokeTech & Hobby ANTIFA!💗 (@TheBlackKristy1) March 9, 2022
People really justified Ryan Coogler be profiled as a bank robber because he wore a mask??? IN A PANDEMIC?— 🦋T’challa’s Dreamboat🙅🏾♀️#RecastTchalla (@marvelheaux) March 9, 2022
Some of y’all sounding like folks that justify police shootings with this Ryan Coogler situation. Y’all not thinking radically enough for me.— No Relation, Esq. (@TheCosby) March 9, 2022
In the 911 recording of the Ryan Coogler arrest, the teller says she didn’t verify the ID he gave her and didn’t give full details of what the note actually said. Even the dispatcher said “maybe he just wants be discreet” 🤷🏻♀️. Fire the manager too.— ❤️ (@EvaBlackkkkk) March 10, 2022
Just read about the #RyanCoogler thing. How ignorant was that bank teller at Bank of America. A robber isn’t going to give you a withdrawal slip with their account information if they are going to rob you?!? pic.twitter.com/pZ8qqa5Val— La Reina🇺🇸Creole🇩🇴🇯🇲🇵🇷🇹🇹🇨🇺🇭🇹🇲🇽🇨🇴 (@LaReinaCreole) March 10, 2022