A Georgia doctor says he found himself face-to-face with police after a bank employee called 911 on him minutes after he requested to open a new account.
Anthony Onyegbula, who spends most of his days treating cancer patients as a doctor in Henry County, told WSB Channel 2’s Matt Johnson he believes it’s a case of racial profiling.
“Until it happens to you, you never know what it was feels like,” said Onyegbula.
“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.
The officers left without pressing any charges.
“So you think it was racial profiling?” Johnson asked Onyegbula.
“Yes,” Onyegbula responded.
“I think they need training on how to deal with people. You cannot judge someone from the outside,” Onyegbula said.
The regional president for United Community Bank sent Johnson a statement, that reads:
“For privacy reasons, we do not comment publicly about the details of any customer or potential customer transactions. However, providing excellent customer service is our top priority and we are disappointed that we didn’t deliver that to Drs. Onyegbula and Tedga in this case. This afternoon we were able to speak directly with Drs. Onyegbula and Tedga to personally apologize for the misunderstanding. We are glad for the opportunity to connect and improve, and hope to have an opportunity to earn their business in the future.”