In a new development, police officers who broke into the home of American rapper Afroman are suing him. Law enforcement officials reportedly carried out a search warrant on Afroman, who is known for his hit song “Because I Got High.”
The officers say that Afroman and his friends beat them up and hurt them during the raid. Because of this, the officers are taking legal action against the rapper to get money for the injuries they got. This event has made people wonder about police brutality and the use of force by law enforcement.
Rap Artist Afroman Sued by Officers Who Raided His Home
Rapper Afroman has been sued by seven law enforcement officials on the grounds that he inappropriately used film from a police raid on his Ohio home last year in one of his music videos. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office‘s four deputies, two sergeants, and a detective filed the lawsuit earlier this month, alleging a violation of privacy. None of the other law enforcement personnel who took part in the operation are listed as plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs claim that the rapper, whose actual name is Joseph Foreman, utilized images of their faces from the raid in music videos and social media posts without getting their permission. “Emotional agony, embarrassment, mockery, loss of reputation, and humiliation,” they claim it has brought about.
Foreman’s income from using the plaintiffs’ personalities is what the plaintiffs are suing for in full. Foreman’s Afroman brand, under which he sells beer, marijuana, T-shirts, and other goods, is promoted as well as the earnings from the songs, music videos, and live event tickets. Additionally, they ask the court for an order to have any recordings and posts featuring their personas removed.
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Foreman, his recording company, and a Texas-based media distribution business are named as defendants in the lawsuit. Foreman promised to countersue “for the clear damage this had on my clients, family, career, and property” in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
According to authorities, police were acting on a warrant that indicated there was probable cause to believe that Foreman’s property would contain drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as evidence of trafficking and kidnapping. However, it turned out that those concerns were false, and no solid criminal evidence was uncovered during the raid. No complaints were ever made.
As the raid’s looted cash was given back to Foreman, it seemed like hundreds of dollars were missing. Deputies had miscounted the amount taken during the raid itself, according to an investigation conducted afterward by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Foreman’s songs “Because I Got High” and “Crazy Rap,” both of which were included on his album “The Good Days,” are his most well-known works. He also made his intentions to run for president public last December and is well-recognized for his political activism.