Final yr, a gaggle of Ohio cops wrongfully raided rapper Afroman‘s house. Afterward, Afroman determined to take issues into his personal fingers and use the footage of the raid for certainly one of his music movies. Now, the aforementioned cops have reportedly filed a lawsuit towards the “Colt 45” rapper, based on court docket paperwork obtained by The Guardian.
Within the reported lawsuit, which was evidently filed by cops Shawn D Cooley, Justin Cooley, Michael D Estep, Shawn D, Grooms, Brian Newland, Lisa Phillips, and Randolph L Walters, Jr, the plaintiffs allege that Afroman used their persona for business functions.
“These music movies clearly painting the pictures, likenesses, and distinctive appearances (‘personas’), of lots of the officers concerned within the search, together with these of all Plaintiffs,” reads a part of the lawsuit.
One other a part of the lawsuit known as Afroman’s use of the footage “willful, wanton, malicious, and achieved with acutely aware or reckless disregard,” claiming that in consequence, they’ve been topic to ridicule and loss of life threats.
Along with utilizing clips from the raid for a music video, Afroman additionally posted clips and pictures on TikTok and Instagram.
In one of many since-deleted Instagram posts, Afroman allegedly captioned a photograph of Choose Roy Gabbert, saying, “That is the choose that signed the warrant that mentioned kidnapping. His identify is Roy Droopy Gabbert. Vote him out earlier than he indicators a fictitious warrant then ship some over reacting paranoid KKKops to your Home jeopardizing the lives of you and your loved ones, Stealing your cash and disconnecting your private home video safety surveillance system…”
On the time of the raid, Gabbert had issued a warrant as a part of an investigation into drug possession, trafficking, and kidnapping.
Every plaintiff is reportedly looking for damages of $25,000 per 4 counts.
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