Ryan Coogler, critically acclaimed director of blockbuster films including Black Panther and Creed, was falsely accused of robbing a Bank of America and briefly handcuffed before local police officers realized his mistake, later admitting that Coogler was “never wrong”.
“This situation should never have happened,” Coogler said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “However, Bank of America worked with me and worked it out to my satisfaction, and we moved on.”
According to an Atlanta police report obtained by CHEAP, the incident happened on January 7 at an Atlanta branch of Bank of America. Coogler and two others who were parked outside the bank in a moving car were called to the scene by police officers. The call is said to have occurred after Coogler gave a female bank teller a withdrawal slip with a note on the back asking the teller to “be discreet” when handing over his cash. . Each Diversity, Coogler’s note reads: “I want to withdraw $12,000 in cash from my checking account. Let’s count the money somewhere else. I want to be discreet. Coogler is said to have obtained his California ID and Bank of America account card when making the request.
The bank teller then received a warning message from Coogler’s bank account, According to the police report. She went on to tell her manager that Coogler was trying to rob a bank, and they called 911. Four Atlanta police officers arrived on the scene and arrested two of Coogler’s associates – an unidentified man and woman. identified – who was sitting in a black Lexus SUV outside the bank. According to the police report, the man and woman told police they were waiting for Coogler, “who was doing money transactions inside the bank and he was the producer of the movie.” When police asked the duo to identify Coogler, their description “matched the description of the male suspect attempting to rob the Bank of America,” the police report said. Officers allegedly placed both passengers in the back of a patrol vehicle labeled with the City of Atlanta, wearing handcuffs.
The situation got even worse. According to the police report, Coogler was eventually taken out of the bank in handcuffs by two officers. After verifying Coogler’s identity and his Bank of America account, police determined that Coogler had been falsely accused of attempting to rob the bank and his associates, known as suspects one and two, was mistakenly arrested.
“It was later identified by Sgt. Fernandez argued that the incident was a mistake by Bank of America and Mr. Coogler was never wrong and was immediately released from handcuffs and suspects #1 and #2 were [sic] launched from the rear of the patrol vehicle,” the police report read. “Mr. Coogler, as well as suspects number 1 and number 2, have [sic] provided an explanation of the incident as well as an apology for the error of the US Central Bank. Mr. Coogler requested the names as well as badge numbers of all officers at the scene,” the report added.
Coogler filmed the highly anticipated Marvel movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in Atlanta. Bank of America later issued an apology for the incident, okay THR: “We deeply regret that this incident happened. That should never have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler.”
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