Apparently rappers cannot withdraw money from their own accounts in Atlanta without ending up on the ground, handcuffed with guns pointed at their heads. Sam Benson, whose stage name is “Blac Youngsta,” walked out of a Wells Fargo branch in an upscale community as police attacked him, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His crime? He withdrew $200,000 to pay cash for a new car.
Benson explained how the police attacked him:
‘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.’ 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? 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?’’
The bank manager called for the police, according to a spokesperson for the Atlanta police department. After the police responded, they found “that no crime had been committed.”
Is is possible their treatment of the rapper, whose only “crime” was withdrawing his own money, might constitute “assault and battery?” If not, maybe it should.
The definition of “assault and battery” follows here:
‘Criminal and civil assault and battery share largely the same definition, although each state has different criminal statutes that may vary slightly in the way they define crimes.’
‘Usually, whether civil or criminal, an assault involves an action — or threat of action — by one person that puts another person in apprehension of imminent bodily harm.’
‘Battery — again, both civil and criminal — is usually the logical extension of assault (a completed assault, in other words). An action that starts as an assault becomes a battery when there is an actual physical touching.’
Last year Benson signed with the Collective Music Group label founded by the rapper, Yo Gotti. Benson planned on buying a new Mercedes with his withdrawal:
‘Where I come from,we don’t believe in taking checks to the car lot. We take cash money.’
Benson posted a picture of himself on the ground in handcuffs on his Facebook page. He was surrounded by police officers who were laughing at him.