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‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Detained After Being Mistaken For Bank Robber

“Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on” Ryan told ABC NEWS

Black Panther' director mistaken for bank robber in Atlanta
Black Panther' director mistaken for bank robber in Atlanta

Black Panther Ryan Coogler, 35, was taken into handcuffs and mistaken for a bank robber at a Bank of America after he discreetly tried to withdraw a sum of money in Atlanta.

The 35-year old movie director, was trying to withdraw cash at the ATLANTA Bank, where the police categorically claimed they were just responding to a call of an ongoing bank robbery.



“The was even a car running and waiting at the doors of the bank”  the police states – according to Good Morning America.

In the act all caught on camera, you can hear the police telling Ryan’ Police: “Hey sir do me a favour man, put your hands behind your back”.

“You got weapons on you?

Ryan Coogler: If you just run my name, you’ll understand why you should take me out of these cuffs”.

Bank Of America say’s this morning that the police body cam video shouldn’t have happen. The bank also did not immediately realize that Ryan Coogler  is a successful and wealthy filmmaker, who doesn’t need to rob banks.

Ryan’s first directed film was “Fruitvale station”  which told a true story of a racially charged police encounter in California, where a young black man was killed.

He also directed actors, Jordan B. Michael and Sylvester Stallone in the boxing movie “Creed” and in 2018 he broke box office records directing Black Panther” for Disney which remains the most profitable film ever with black director.

Reason why Ryan was in ATLANTA in January filming the sequence to the “Black Panther” film.  The incident happened when he walked into the bank fully masked with a black hat and a sunglass giving the bank teller a a withdrawal slip, and on the back of the slip was note sight by TMZ saying….

“I will like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account. Please do the money count somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet”

The bank teller in the police videos, who’s also an African-American told officers whenever she asked questions,  Ryan kept quietly pointing her to the note. “he just kept pointing, he’s like look at the note, so i’m like okay, so I said do you have your ID, he did give his ID and it was a California ID, BUT my stomach started turning, I’m like okay.”

The teller states says, Ryan even gave them his Bank Of America account card but they still call police.

The ATLANTA police in their report states, they determined this was “..a mistake by Bank of America and that Mr. Coogler was never in the wrong…”

We had to confirm that. Because of the seriousness of the call, we don’t just come out and unfortunately in a situation like that, you don’t get the benefit of the doubt. We detain and we ask questions later.” Officer said to Ryan.

He was released with two others he was here with. ” I stated that to the officers that arrested me, that had their Glocks out, I was pulling my money out of my own account.” – Ryan said.

In a statement Bank of America said, “we deeply regret that this incident occurred, we have apologized to Mr. Coogler”

“Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on” the director told ABC NEWS

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