Earlier today (July 17), a press conference took place during which Black Caucus Rep. Adriano Espaillat and his caucus called for A$AP Rocky to be released from prison in Sweden.
Espaillat also asked for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to get involved. He says he’s been in touch with the Sweedish Embassy, which he claims is refusing to interfere on the Harlem rapper’s behalf.
Espaillat, who represents Rocky’s home district, believes race was a factor in A$AP’s detention. “Sweden is going to walk out of this with a black eye,” he said during the Wednesday press conference. “They are a country that proposes to the rest of the world that they are a mecca — a haven of democracy and niceties.”
He continued, “This is not justice and this particular instance sheds light on how men of color, particularly Black and brown men, are often detained, targeted and incarcerated despite the innocence, including in European countries.”
Members of the Caucus are going to bat for Rocky, aside from Espaillat, congressmen Andre Carson and Hakeem Jefries are on his side.
A$AP Rocky, along with two associates, were arrested in Stockholm earlier this month following an altercation with two men who were stalking the rapper. He’s been held in a Swedish prison since July 2, where the conditions have reportedly been very poor.