Police and Wells Fargo are disputing rapper Blac Youngsta’s allegations that he was racially profiled in Atlanta on Jan. 8.
The rapper, whose real name is Sam Benson, attracted national attention when he took to social media and said Atlantic police detained him for withdrawing $200,000 from his Wells Fargo bank account, Sandra Rose reports.
Benson posted photos on Instagram of a black police officer standing over him while he was handcuffed on the ground, with the caption "LOOK AT HOW THEY TREAT A YOUNG RICH [n-word]."
Meanwhile, two police officers in the background appear to be smiling.
Police reportedly confused him with another black man, Charles Edward, who allegedly tried to cash in a forged $24,000 check. While Edward, 39, was later arrested and charged with a felony, officials accidentally detained Benson first.
“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, according to Sandra Rose. “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?'"
However, according to Wells Fargo, Benson doesn’t actually have a bank account with them and also did not actually make a $200,000 withdrawal.
Furthermore, Sgt. Warren Pickard said Benson had only $70,000 on him, and they did not confiscate any of his money.
Police said they detained Benson based on confusing witness accounts of the suspect, and they apologized to the rapper afterwards.
“The description of the male provided was limited and conflicting … It was quickly discovered that the person providing the description to police had provided the wrong description of the suspect,” Pickard explained in a statement. “It was determined that the occupants of the vehicle were not involved. They were immediately released.”
While initial responses to the arrest were of anger and pledged support to Benson, these recent reports are now stirring doubt.
“I just saw the report, this was a good attempt to boost your followers,” one individual commented on Blac Youngsta’s Instagram.