Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby was arrested in North Carolina and charged with a narcotics violation hours after he gave away toys to children and shortly after his concert.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police issued a citation to the rapper, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, for possession of marijuana on Monday night, CMPD investigative tech Holly Randall Reeves told USA TODAY. The “Suge” rapper was found in possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and also resisted against officers.
Reeves said DaBaby also obstructed investigation while CMPD was lawfully attempting to detain him.
In videos posted to the rapper’s Instagram story, police can be seen shining flashlights into a white car while the artist says he was on stage.
“Dirty (expletive) police department try to take me to jail every time I got a show in the city,” DaBaby wrote to his social media. “Unlawfully shining multiple flash lights in my car looking for reasons to support an illegal search by the time I get off stage.”
Kirk told reporters he believes officers unlawfully searched his car while he was on stage at Bojangles Arena. 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.
Police have not yet issued a response to Kirk’s claims that he’s been targeted by the department, according to WCNC-TV.
Before the concert, Kirk gave 200 toys to underprivileged children in Charlotte.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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