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Bank Calls Police On Black Doctor Opening New Account Because He Looked ‘Suspicious’

A Georgia doctor was confronted by police after a bank employee who feared he was going to rob the bank called 911 on him.

Anthony Onyegbula, is a doctor at Henry County who spends most of his time at work treating cancer patients. Anthony told WSB Channel 2’s Matt Johnson he believes his experience at the bank that day is a case of racial profiling.

“They said I was suspicious, I was wearing a hat, and they thought I wanted to rob the bank, and I was like, ‘What?’” Onyegbula said.

The doctor said he was at a United Community Bank attempting to open a new account with his wife. He says a bank employee called 911 to report him while he was on the phone with her.

Bank employee’s 911 call: He went to the front door and he’s been on his phone, and, I, um, called from my phone to tell the employees to lock the front door.

He’s been on his phone out front. And we have no cars in the parking lot. He’s a walker. So, I feel like he’s up to no good.

“I looked at the door and it said close at 4:30 and my time say about 2:15, 2:10. I’m like what happened?” Onyegbula said.

Onyegbula said he left and went to another nearby bank and that’s when they realized police had been called.

“Here come the same police, came inside the bank, now it’s two of them, and they said they told the manager to clear the room, because they wanted to talk to us,” Onyegbula said.

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The officers left without pressing any charges.

“Until it happens to you, you never know what it was feels like,” said Onyegbula.

“So you think it was racial profiling?” Johnson asked Onyegbula.

“Yes,” Onyegbula responded.

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Karen Mccray September 17, 2019 at 6:27 pm

Sue those dutty stinkin rass dem kmft

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M.Jones September 18, 2019 at 6:29 pm

Cut ties with that bank. Close your accounts and go elsewhere. Why would a bank robber come in to make a deposit and then rob the bank with his wife there with him. Idiotic. When y’all get robbed it won’t be a Black man and his wife. If we find out who called the police to begin with go to small claims and Sue that person for the max the court allows. Doc don’t go to that racist ass bank anymore!!!!! Hopefully all Black people take their business elsewhere. Boycott their asses!!!!!

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Ron Mack September 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm

M Jones, you stole my thunder. I was gonna say the exact same thing

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Adonica Hull September 23, 2019 at 12:29 pm

I agree

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Robin November 5, 2019 at 10:56 am

Take your business elsewhere!!!!

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Gloria Hemphill November 14, 2019 at 7:39 pm

Take your business some where else and yes boycott the bank.

Janet Williams September 23, 2019 at 1:32 pm

I was too!

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GENE HOLLIDAY November 3, 2019 at 12:14 am

If you have a account with that bank regardless of the branch, close it before you leave and take all available cash with you to another bank or credit Union.The action of this bank is racist and will do anything it can to brand a black man or woman as a robber or drug dealer and claim your money was obtained illegally.

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Iris Cook November 5, 2019 at 9:57 am

U can find out who call FIOA go to the police station with a lawyer.
(Freedom of information act )

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Erica November 8, 2019 at 1:02 pm

As AFRICAN AMERICANS WE HAVE TO STICK WITH OUR WORD AS WELL AS OUR PEOPE.. YES WE NEED TO BOYCOTT THIS BUSINESS AS WELL AS ALL OTHERS, THAT DISRESPECTFUL & Continue to LABEL US BY OUR COLOR.. IF WE DONT STAND FOR SOMETHING WE WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING,👊🏿

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Maria Proctor September 30, 2019 at 12:21 pm

This do make no sense at all. So we as black people can’t have money to open up an acct and be doctors. WOW…

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Pastor Jonas October 27, 2019 at 12:24 am

Hello my brothers and sisters! I like so much America and I pray more for it. God told me that He is about to remove that witchcraft and wickedness so called RACISM in America, His Spirit of Peace and compassion will take place and white people will love blacks more than themselves in Jesus name… I am Pastor Jonas from Ghana, you can look for me on Facebook through this name Jonas Jonas (Pastor Jonas), you can also contact me on Whatsapp +233505623320. God richly bless you…

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Angie November 3, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Don’t start that mess and racism isn’t witchcraft its just engrained in those evil people…. We been praying over 400 years it ain’t working and wont work sir

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Hanna Kassa November 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Please Pastor Jonas… the disease of racism will never be wiped off the face of this earth in this life. It has been there from day one of the “fall of man” in Eden and it will continue to be until we live in the New Order of the New World. So, please stop spreading false hope saying “God told me so.”

I_knowURcat October 16, 2019 at 12:29 am

Seriously, such bullshit to be thrown in ur day!!. What bank was it??

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Gee October 29, 2019 at 8:19 am

This is why my money only goes to black own banks I had this problem b4

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Freddie Jones September 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Now they see that African Americans are not just complaining for nothing. They don’t care how much education you have or how cultured you are. If you are black you are black. African immigrants included.

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Pastor Jonas October 27, 2019 at 12:32 am

Hello my brothers and sisters! I like so much America and I pray more for it. God told me that He is about to remove that witchcraft and wickedness so called RACISM in America, His Spirit of Peace and compassion will take place and white people will love blacks more than themselves in Jesus name… I am Pastor Jonas from Ghana, you can look for me on Facebook through this name Jonas Jonas (Pastor Jonas) God richly bless you…

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Gail November 12, 2019 at 9:36 am

Pastor Jonas we really don’t need the witchcraft mess on this post. This is a serious issue. Blacks in America is fighting to stop racism, and racial discrimination. We do believe in God, but we still must stand together against these issues.

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Jessie September 17, 2019 at 7:18 pm

Wow! Their paranoia is a major health threat. I think it’s time we start calling the police with their fear.

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Pastor Jonas October 27, 2019 at 12:33 am

Hello my brothers and sisters! I like so much America and I pray more for it. God told me that He is about to remove that witchcraft and wickedness so called RACISM in America, His Spirit of Peace and compassion will take place and white people will love blacks more than themselves in Jesus name… I am Pastor Jonas from Ghana, you can look for me on Facebook through this name Jonas Jonas (Pastor Jonas) God richly bless you…

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K October 31, 2019 at 5:44 pm

STOP SPAMMING THIS THREAD .WE DAW YOUR FIRST COMMENT

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Pastor Jonas October 27, 2019 at 12:37 am

Pastor Jonas
October 27, 2019 at 12:24 am
Hello my brothers and sisters! I like so much America and I pray more for it. God told me that He is about to remove that witchcraft and wickedness so called RACISM in America, His Spirit of Peace and compassion will take place and white people will love blacks more than themselves in Jesus name… I am Pastor Jonas from Ghana, you can look for me on Facebook through this name Jonas Jonas (Pastor Jonas), you can also contact me on Whatsapp +233505623320. God richly bless you…

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Dana Payne September 17, 2019 at 7:56 pm

Don’t put your money in that bank. And if you already have an accout close it.

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Juanita September 18, 2019 at 6:58 am

It’s not paranoia it’s shear stupidity.

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William Kirksey September 18, 2019 at 8:33 am

The police were call on me at the Hilton Garden in Mayfield Hts village Ohio because guests were leaving the room and were to loud talking about racial profiling.

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handi andie November 8, 2019 at 1:32 am

y they hate us so much

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Pastor Jonas October 27, 2019 at 12:38 am

Pastor Jonas
October 27, 2019 at 12:24 am
Hello my brothers and sisters! I like so much America and I pray more for it. God told me that He is about to remove that witchcraft and wickedness so called RACISM in America, His Spirit of Peace and compassion will take place and white people will love blacks more than themselves in Jesus name… I am Pastor Jonas from Ghana, you can look for me on Facebook through this name Jonas Jonas (Pastor Jonas), you can also contact me on Whatsapp +233505623320. God richly bless you…

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Marilyn Page September 18, 2019 at 7:56 am

….embarrassing, i was born and raised in Georgia, now residing in west Virginia, not any better….

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SBMAC September 18, 2019 at 12:19 pm

I would sue their azz and force them to make a Public apology on TV… next I would have the Manager and who ever else was involved to be fired.

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James Williams September 18, 2019 at 4:21 pm

Every employee that was involved in this racial profiling should be fired , the bank sued & in the future train employees in how to deal with minorities nonjudgementally .

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Patricia September 18, 2019 at 6:58 pm

First of all doctors are not minority’s. We should start calling the police on them with how they make us feel whenever we are in public places. It is very intimidating and very uncomfortable. Let them feel what we feel like when tested by their thoughts and imaginations. However, the police when called by us will probably take their side anyhow.

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JKH September 23, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Doctors are not minorities?? Explain 🤨🤨😳😳

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Strong Foru September 18, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Open an account at a Black-owned bank and you won’t have to deal with such foolishness. Support Black-owned businesses!!!

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JKH September 23, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Exactly!! And there are a number of them in the Atlanta area. No excuse for anyone locally to avoid them.

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Sam September 19, 2019 at 11:52 am

I say it is time that we patronage our black banks. That is the answer. Let them feel the sting

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Mike September 21, 2019 at 6:38 am

No no no disagree with training people to deal with black people, it’s this simple it’s like this because Trump have brought the worst out of people which was already in them, because how most white people were raised and the environment they are apart of,no one act this way to people of color but MOST WHITE PEOPLE point blank show me another group of people that do I’ll wait.

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How-J September 24, 2019 at 3:13 pm

Most white people ain’t raised that way just like most black people ain’t raised to be criminals. Media gets things hyped up like all people be hatein on each other just cause of skin color. We we all going to wake up a treat people like people. There ain’t one person I have ever met that likes to be treated bad just cause they different looking. Hate is taught at home and can be stopped at home. What are we feeding our youth?

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Preacher Man September 20, 2019 at 9:09 am

You can’t win for losing I would sue their ass for racial profiling

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Alice Moore September 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Leave the Bank!!! let everyone know the name of the Bank, where it’s located, while watching and profiling people of color, people are being murdered by people that are not of color, because they are never suspects! After they kill a few people they become mentally ill and they get more attention than the victims! Lord Help!!!

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david September 20, 2019 at 8:47 pm

@SAM we can be Doctors, Lawyers and professional ball players with a lot of money but we have never trusted each other with our money on a large scale to open accounts at black owned banks. Think about all the black professional ball players it would be amazing if they would pick black agents. Point is i bet you will not find one white professional athlete with a black agent. Don’t go looking for one just to prove me wrong, but you get my point.

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JKH September 23, 2019 at 1:21 pm

He can go looking for one; he won’t locate any. One of my closest friends is a successful agent, and it’s a known fact.

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Tesha September 20, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Leave the bank close your account and sue for defamation of character and for racial profiling

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Queen Water September 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm

As “Black News” you should write an actual article. It should include the full address of this bank’s location. The cave tramp’s name (who called the white nationalist race soldiers, calling themselves), bank manager’s name. The response from those “people”. A statement from corporate, too. And the pigs for why no charges were being filed against the beasts.
Was Becky fired? And if not, why?
And finally, maybe a solution or two, like links to Black banks in that area.
The poor naga victim story is played out….

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Edgar F Vincent September 21, 2019 at 9:18 pm

We need more black business and a Black Bank need to be first thing we should have

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Mac September 22, 2019 at 10:30 am

My bank has a no hats, or sunglasses policy….I’m not justifying anything u towards thus brother…but dammit rules are rules, these people are in fear for their lives….Follow the damn rules please ijs man we gotta stand for what is right….Just because he is a dr. And I am a dr.I just gently remove my golf hat, and put it back on when I leave…..Class personified, sorry but the rule is not for black men only, ai saw them ask a white guy to leave…quick question seen a bank robber.with no hat lately?

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Celeste Trimble September 23, 2019 at 12:05 pm

He has a hat on in that picture. Don’t mean he had hat on at bank! Your part of the problem, making excuses for bad judgement and behavior!

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Maureen Pinkard September 26, 2019 at 8:29 am

He made a transaction. So if the policy is no hats then they should’ve addressed that before allowing a transaction. . So please stop with that bank policy. Where do you live cause in NY you won’t see any such nonsense policy. People walk in the bank with and without hats and glasses and rob the bank. A hat has nothing to do with it. I think you look at to much TV.🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️

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Vanessa Fleeton September 26, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Is a hat….robbery wear? Did most of the terrorists wear hats & was on the phone before they shot up the place? They should ask everyone who enters to remove hat….did they ask before calling or just hopped on the phone. Expose them, protest them & sue them.

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Doreen October 31, 2019 at 11:35 am

Mac,
maybe he didn’t know that. It states he was opening an account. Why should we (all people) have a dress code to open a damn bank account. He was profiled because he was BLACK. Dr status didn’t matter, he look suspicious because he had on a hat and sun glasses.

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Cindy September 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Maybe i should start calling the police on white pple who watch my sons in the store assuming they gonna steal, im watching them while they watch my sons, then turn pink when i check they ass.

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Loretta Ellis September 23, 2019 at 9:34 am

I WOULD SUE THE BANK, CLOSE THE ACCOUNT AND ANYONE I KNOW ENCOURAGE THEM TO LEAVE AND ALL BLACKS SHOULD NEVER BANK THERE AGAIN. OUR MONEY DON’T HAVE COLOR, ITS ALL GREEN

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Kimberly September 23, 2019 at 11:46 am

@Mac, are you sure this particular Bank has a no hat policy? My bank doesn’t. IF they do have that policy, Someone could have simply asked him to remove his hat without calling the police and assuming he was a bank robber. I believe they went to far and something should be done about it.

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Bob Sorrentino September 24, 2019 at 9:27 am

Close accounts & cut ties with the bank? NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Find out which local service organizations, unions, community organizations & churches do business with the bank. Ask THEM to close THEIR accounts tooo. This bank needs a new manager and new staff after something this egregious. The good doctor should let his own staff and all medical contacts(including suppliers and sales reps) know what happened to him. Inexcusable!

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luvenia September 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm

this will never stop the person that got this started is the leader of this country and I really don’t care what nobody think I said what I wanted to say okkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

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Shirl September 25, 2019 at 10:57 pm

What’s the name of this bank?When are they going to get it, that people of color has education, and even more than they. Do we have to follow anyone’s advice to hate our brothers and sisters? Whether we like it or not, we are all one. This world will soon come to an end. Where do we plan to spend eternity?We must learn to be leaders , meaning, learn to think for ourselves. We don’t need to hate each other, just because someone said so. No one was born with hatred. It is a learned behavior.

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Maureen Pinkard September 26, 2019 at 8:31 am

Were there any accountability for the bank employer and the bank. Seems all responded to her/his nonsense assessment of this man

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Patricia Horton September 28, 2019 at 10:35 pm

Hatred and racism is taught right now it’s being taught by the head of our country, the president of the United States it doesn’t get any worst than that !!!

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Pastor Jonas October 27, 2019 at 12:16 am

Hello my brothers and sisters! I like so much America and I pray more for it. God told me that He is about to remove that witchcraft and wickedness so called RACISM in America, His Spirit of Peace and compassion will take place and white people will love blacks more than themselves in Jesus name… I am Pastor Jonas from Ghana, you can look for me on Facebook through this name Jonas Jonas (Pastor Jonas) God richly bless you…

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James Nichols October 29, 2019 at 5:26 pm

F**k that bank , and everyone of its employees, too.

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Dolores Petersen October 31, 2019 at 7:55 pm

Years ago, Bank of America called the police on me…..I’m disabled walking with a cane and trying to cash my Social Security check……sure, I look like a bank robber who previously held up the bank.
NOT!
Forgot to mention, …I’m Female and yes Black. It was horrible being in tight handcuffs for hours with 2 police playing good cop/bad cop very poorly..
I’m still traumatized with the memory.

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no November 1, 2019 at 10:35 am

Name the employee.

Don’t blame the bank. Are they culpable? Sure

But if you name the employee, their life gets fucked up, and the next one thinks twice

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Tina November 3, 2019 at 6:54 pm

Sue the bank

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kris November 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

It really piss me off to see, we are treated so differently. I don’t care what color the person is on the outside, it is what is on the inside that counts.

I hope the banker needs to find another job, and I hope the dr. contact a lawyer. a basic apology is just not enough anymore.

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Angela November 6, 2019 at 9:05 am

How about this….when he or she comes to the hospital for treatment, tell them to wait so you can check their insurance and see if it’s real or not. Let them wait till you finish with what ever you are doing….ie: SURGERY, testing specimen samples, drawing blood, whatever lunch. Then give their insurance company a call. Yeah….make them wait for you!

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Bridget November 6, 2019 at 9:31 am

I am not black so can’t speak to this experience but what I can do and what every other white person can do is close down every account they may have with this bank or affiliated. Money talks. Let this banks answer to its shareholders why it no longer is profitable.

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Jocelyne longchamp November 13, 2019 at 5:22 am

Pastor Jonas, stay in your lane, this ain’t got nothing to do with praying.
Slavery didn’t get abolished because of prayers, people died for their freedom.
You guys use religion as a business to rob your own, the whites who introduced it into our mids stand aside and watch us love their creation more than expected, it was meant to keep blacks occupied and dumbfounded while they rob our black countries of everything valuable, starting with our names, our culturres, to our livelihood by means of slavery.
Please, keep the church from this issue.

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Talla November 17, 2019 at 10:28 pm

Agree with Bridget. Everyone, not just the doctor, but everyone with an account at this bank needs to close their accounts and put their money elsewhere.

2019 is the year for ZERO tolerance.

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