On Saturday it was announced that the Migos rapper Offset was detained while driving through a Trump rally in Beverly Hills. He has since been released. Cardi B’s cousin Marcelo Almanzar was in the car with Offset when the arrest took place and was arrested as well. He is facing “two charges of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm in public” with his bail set at $35,000 according to People.
The “Clout” rapper recorded the incident with the police on his Instagram live, for obvious reasons considering he’s a Black man living in 2020. The officers were said to have tried to get Offset to step out of the car but he refused. When asked by officers why he chose to not do as they asked, he said “Because you’ve got guns out,” reported Los Angeles Times.
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— . (@teker_atakan) October 25, 2020
This goes to show that it doesn’t matter how much money, fame, or popularity you have; anyone apart of the Black community is subject to mistreatment by the police. Even if it was true that Offset or Marcelo were pointing guns (which I personally doubt), no officer should’ve expected either of the men in the vehicle to want to get out of the vehicle when they had guns drawn. There have been too many times when White men were armed with assault rifles and wounded or killed multiple people but walked away from a police involvement unscratched. That same energy should be shown to the Black community.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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