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Police body cam video shows an Atlanta police officer pulling his service weapon on "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler after a bank teller mistook him for a robber.

The incident happened in January at a Bank of America branch in downtown Atlanta. Coogler entered the branch wearing sunglasses, a face mask, and a knit cap.

He passed the teller a withdrawal slip with a note scribbled on the back.

According to TMZ, Coogler's note read, "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."

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Coogler swiped his BoA card in the reader and showed the teller his ID.
 
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Even though his note was not suspicious, the teller, a Black pregnant woman, alerted her boss that a bank robbery was in progress, and they called 911.

The 911 dispatcher was skeptical when the employee said she didn't bother to look at Coogler's California ID.

Arriving officers detained Coogler's "baby nurse" and another person waiting for him in an SUV outside the bank.

Police body cam footage obtained by TMZ shows one cop drawing his gun out of his holster while ordering Coogler to put his hands behind his back.

Coogler quickly complied with the officer's orders. "Is there any reason y'all doing this, bruh?" he asked the cop, who replied, "Give me one second."

After placing Coogler in the backseat of a patrol unit, the director explained that he has a sick baby at home and he wanted to withdraw $12,000 to pay his "baby nurse," who requires payment in cash.

Coogler told the cops he passed the teller the note because he didn't feel safe withdrawing such a large amount of cash.

Some bank tellers don't practice discretion. They typically yell large transactions in earshot of other bank customers.

Coogler asked for the names and badge numbers of every officer who responded to the 911 call.

Watch the video below and listen to audio of the 911 call:

 

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was briefly handcuffed by Atlanta police after a bank teller accused him of attempting to hold up her bank.

The incident occurred in January at a Bank of America branch, according to a police report obtained by TMZ.

Coogler was detained after he walked into the branch wearing shades and a COVID face mask. He handed the teller a withdrawal slip with a note scribbled on the back.

According to TMZ, Coogler's note read, "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."

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High net worth individuals routinely slip notes to bank tellers because bank tellers have no discretion when making large transactions. It's not unusual for a teller to yell in front of everybody: "DO YOU WANT $12,000 IN LARGE BILLS?!"

Even though his note wasn't suspicious, the teller - a pregnant Black woman - told her boss Coogler was attempting to rob the bank, and they called 911, according to TMZ.

When officers arrived, they detained 2 people waiting outside for Coogler in an SUV. Police entered the bank and brought Coogler out in handcuffs.

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After an investigation, police realized it was all a mistake, and they blamed the BoA employee for jumping to the wrong conclusion.

According to the police report, the teller's computer triggered some sort of an alert when she tried to make the transaction.

Coogler was not pleased with BoA or the cops. The police report notes that he asked for badge numbers of the officers at the scene.

Coogler is in Atlanta filming the sequel to Black Panther.

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