Rapper Kodak Black is fighting back after Miami Dade officers unlawfully took his photo and let it surface online following his arrest last Saturday.
The 21-year-old emcee was arrested right before his scheduled performance at Rolling Loud music festival last weekend. However, shortly after his arrest a photo of him in handcuffs made its way to social media and now Kodak is accusing law enforcement officers of violating his rights by taking photos while he was “shackled” and in custody.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kodak asked a judge to prohibit further sharing of photographs of him while he’s in police custody. His lawyer released a statement,
“On May 11, 2019, the defendant, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, was taken into custody while en route to a scheduled performance.”
“Thereafter, a photo of the defendant, shackled and still in his street clothes while sitting in what appears to be a private office, in the Miami Dade Police Department, appeared on the Twitter feed of a local reporter.”
Just obtained photo of Bill Kapri, AKA Rapper Kodak Black after he was arrested tonight. Official statement from Marshals: after an extensive investigation conducted by the US Marshals, ATF, and Miami Dade PD North Side Gang Unit, Kapri, was arrested as he arrived… pic.twitter.com/IHVzAoNStI— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) May 12, 2019
Kodak says the police had no reason for law enforcement to take his picture or send it to members of the news media and feels his constitutional rights were violated.
“A photograph of an in-custody detainee taken without any legitimate law enforcement purpose has been found to violate the detainee’s Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.” the statement added.
Kodak is requesting that the judge ban any photos of him locked up from being released. This comes after Kodak was indicted by a grand jury with two counts relating to illegally trying to purchase firearms. The young rapper is facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
He latest arrest comes one month after he was arrested at the U.S. – Canadian border with a loaded gun.
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