Rap­per hand­cuffed, given pot ci­ta­tion af­ter con­cert

Antelope Valley Press - - Second Front -

Grammy-nom­i­nated rap­per DaBaby was hand­cuffed and cited on a mis­de­meanor mar­i­juana charge in North Carolina hours af­ter he per­formed a con­cert and gave away toys to chil­dren.

Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg po­lice is­sued ci­ta­tions to the rap­per, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, on counts of mis­de­meanor pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana and re­sist­ing an of­fi­cer Mon­day night, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment.

The po­lice state­ment said of­fi­cers work­ing out­side the con­cert venue, Bo­jan­gles Arena, no­ticed a strong smell of mar­i­juana com­ing from the van that brought Kirk there. Of­fi­cers say they ap­proached the ve­hi­cle and could see mar­i­juana in plain view through the win­dows by us­ing their flash­lights.

The po­lice state­ment said the mar­i­juana in plain view gave them prob­a­ble cause to take fur­ther ac­tion. Of­fi­cers said they waited un­til af­ter the con­cert and ap­proached Kirk as he was ex­it­ing the venue around 11 p.m., but he walked away and re­fused to speak to them.

“Of­fi­cers stated they de­tained Kirk in hand­cuffs and in­di­cated they legally searched the ve­hi­cle,” the news re­lease said. “Of­fi­cers stated they lo­cated mar­i­juana in the ve­hi­cle and Kirk was trans­ported to an­other lo­ca­tion for the safety and se­cu­rity of Kirk and the of­fi­cers.”

Of­fi­cers, who said they found less than 14 grams of mar­i­juana, took him to the sher­iff’s de­part­ment but de­cided ul­ti­mately to is­sue him ci­ta­tions and let him leave in lieu of mak­ing an ar­rest.

Kirk told re­porters he be­lieves of­fi­cers un­law­fully searched his car while he was on stage. Video ob­tained by WCNC-TV re­port­edly shows the rap­per be­ing de­tained in the park­ing lot. He says of­fi­cers tar­get him ev­ery time he comes to Char­lotte.

“They follow me, they pull us over for no rea­son, they search our cars,” Kirk said.


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