A video surfaced on early Friday, May 22 of the Harlem rapper/actor being placed in handcuffs by the police in New York, with some onlookers screaming that the officers were harassing the star.
Dave East has broken his silence after he was arrested in New York on early Friday morning, May 22. Sharing a video of his arrest on Instagram, the rapper/actor blasted NYPD apparently for the treatment he received during the encounter.
“REST IN PARADISE SHOOTER S**T DONT STOP FUCC NYPD TILL I SEE U AGAIN,” he captioned the video, without detailing the incident that led to the arrest. In the clip, the Harlem-born star was seen being placed in handcuffs by two officers as soon as he got out of his car.
He showed little to no attempt to resist arrest, while a concerned woman was speaking behind the camera. Other onlookers were also heard screaming that the cops were harassing the 31-year-old actor, before he was out of sight as the police took him on the other side of the car.
According to TMZ, Dave was traveling in an SUV in Queens with a group of friends when cops noticed that the driver of the car turned without signaling. Cops pulled the vehicle over for the traffic violation, but they smelled a strong odor of weed as they approached the driver’s side.
Law enforcement sources tell the site that Dave, who was sitting in the backseat, began to accuse the cops of making a justification with the turn-signal to stop them. He reportedly became agitated and questioned the stop.
A crowd then began to form around the SUV as cops asked for the driver and the passengers to show their ID. The driver showed his ID, but neither Dave nor the other passenger provided theirs.
Upon search, police found 7 bags of weed in the vehicle. Both the “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” star and the other passenger were taken in, with Dave receiving a citation for marijuana possession and disorderly conduct. It’s unclear though why the driver was not taken in as well.
Speaking to TMZ, Dave’s attorney Stacey Richman expresses confidence that her client will not get into a big trouble. “I don’t perceive that this will result in a criminal conviction, because it does not appear that Dave has been charged with a crime. Under New York law, disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana are violations — not crimes,” she says.