Cops Ignore Affidavits Supporting Rapper’s Innocence

By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
June 10, 2013

Just how antagonistic can the relationship between Hip Hop celebrities and police get? Despite witness testimony to the contrary, an associate of Chief Keef was arrested for gun violations last Wednesday in Chicago. Rapper Lil Durk, born Durk D. Banks, was charged with the unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Durk’s lawyer quickly informed Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos at a bond hearing that the Def Jam artist was wrongfully arrested with the weapons charge. While authorities claim he had tossed a stolen automatic handgun into the backseat of a Hyundai Sonata when he saw officers in the vicinity, defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. said that another man by the name of Clarence January stated clearly at the scene that the gun was his.

January signed an affidavit stating, “this is my gun.” Further testimony from seven other witnesses corroborated the story, reports the Chicago Sun-Times, but the arresting officers ignored his claim and continued to yell, “Whose gun is this?” Another officer went so far as to threaten January, “Give me reason to kill your black ass.”

Durk was held on $100,000 bond.

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