Memphis rapper Blac Youngsta says he was racially profiled by Atlanta police and a local bank after he withdrew $200,000 of his own money from his bank account.
Youngsta, whose real name is Sam Benson, tells 11 Alive News that the incident unfolded on Friday at the Wells Fargo Bank on Peachtree Street.
Benson said he withdrew $200,000 in cash from his Wells Fargo account to purchase a high end luxury vehicle.
He said when he walked out of the bank, police pointed at him and ordered him to get on the ground.
“They come bum rushing me at the car, put me on the ground, putting guns to my head, so I’m like ‘What I’d do,’” Benson said. “A lady was like I’m not supposed to have… $200,000 on me. I’m like, ‘I’m a millionaire. How can I not have $200,000 on me?’”
Benson told 11 Alive that someone inside the bank called the police.
He said a teller told police someone wrote a bogus check previously. The check forger fit Benson's general description of a black man with money.
“They thought I did it too, but I’m legit,” Benson said. “They confused me with whoever they were looking for.”
Benson said the police apologized and gave him back the $100,000 they
stole took from him.
Benson said he was planning to buy a Maybach, but after his ordeal, he decided he might buy a Ferrari instead.
"I'm feeling fast," he told 11 Alive News.
Benson is affiliated with rap mogul Yo Gotti, also an Atlanta transplant from Memphis, Tennessee.