UPDATE: Atlanta police have spoken out about the unfair detainment of local hip hop star Blac Youngsta, who was stopped by cops after pulling $200,000 from his own bank account. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, cops call the incident a "misunderstanding."
According to Sgt. Warren Pickard, Blac Youngsta's arrest came after a 911 call reported a man’s attempt to cash a forged check worth $24,000. Authorities claim they were given a “limited and conflicting” description of the suspect and his vehicle, which lead them to Youngsta and his entourage. Pickard added the rapper was only held “briefly,” and was released as soon as it became clear he had nothing to do with the complaint.
“It was quickly discovered that the person providing the description to police had provided the wrong description of the suspect,” Pickard wrote in an email. “It was determined that the occupants of the vehicle were not involved. They were immediately released.”
Pickard stated that the real suspect, 39-year-old Charles Darnell, was arrested and charged with first degree forgery after Youngsta was set free. “This incident did not directly involved Blac Youngsta, nor was he accused of committing a crime,” he said.
Atlanta rapper Sam “Blac Youngsta” Benson said that police stopped him outside of an Atlanta bank after he withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars on Friday.
Benson told reporters that it began when he stopped at a nearby Wells Fargo and withdrew $200,000 in cash from his account. When he came out of the bank, a police officer pointed to him. “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 continued, “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 $200,00 on me?”
The rapper said he withdrew that cash to buy a new car. He said he was in the market for a Maybach, but after the incident at the bank, he said he was thinking about a Ferrari because, in his words, “I’m feeling fast.”
Apparently the police were looking for someone who had written a bogus check, and they thought it was Benson, “They thought I did it too, but I’m legit…They confused me with whoever they were looking for.”
Pictures on the rapper’s Facebook page showed several police officers standing around Benson, who is on the ground with his hands handcuffed behind his back. Benson said the police have apologized for the incident. He also said that the police initially took half of his cash, but that he got the money back.
Following the incident, Blac Youngsta took to his social media pages to express his anger:
Youngsta became a household name in Southern hip hop in 2014 thanks to his hit song "Heavy." He is currently signed to Yo Gotti's record label Collective Music Group, and is a regular on the performance circuit in the South.
Police overreach continues to be a problem in this country. Watch the heartbreaking tape of a Black woman collapsing while being forced into a squad car outside a hospital in the video below:
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