A hip-hop artist from Atlanta found himself with a gun to his head. But this wasn’t related to any illegal activity whatsoever. The police had stopped the law-abiding rapper after he exited an Atlanta bank.
They handcuffed him and threw him to the ground with guns aimed at his head… all for withdrawing money from his own bank account – money which he had earned from his musical career.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that rapper Sam Benson — better known by his artist name of “Blac Youngsta” — had just exited a Wells Fargo bank. The branch was located in the wealthy, Atlanta suburb of Buckhead. He had requested $200,000, which he said was being withdrawn to make a direct cash purchase of a luxury sports car.
“I come out the bank, I see the police, I’m walking to my car, I see one of them point to my bag like ‘him,’” the artist explained. “They come bum-rushing me at the car, put me on the ground, putting guns to my head.”
“I’m like ‘What I’d do,’” he added. “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 hit it big last year when he was signed to the Collective Music Group label run by rap artist Yo Gotti. All of the money in his account had been earned legally.
When we contacted the Atlanta Police Department, they said that their response was “at the request of the bank manager” and that they let the artist go after determining “that no crime had been committed.”
But that didn’t justify the police response, since their only “probable cause” was the appearance and assumed stereotypes held by the officers.
The rapper explained that “where I come from,we don’t believe in taking checks to the car lot. We take cash money.”
Paying in cash was a sign of having “made it” to the rapper. He had done nothing illegal. He chose to pay in cash to feel good about the purchase and his new-found success in the music industry.
Benson posted a picture of himself in handcuffs, after being thrown on the ground. In the picture he is surrounded by laughing police officers… Check out that post below and help us SPREAD THE WORD!
(Article by M. David and Shante Wooten; screen capture via Facebook)