The burdens of police brutality in America, especially as it intersects overwhelmingly with the nation’s minority citizens, don’t end at stardom.
Bronx-bred, Afro-Latina femcee Cardi B unfortunately received a violent reminder of that recently, alleging that the NYPD placed her in a chokehold while out on the town one evening. But, let her hip-hop beau thing, Offset of Migos, tell it, stardom doesn’t only stop police brutality, it specializes it.
The Culture rap star spoke with TMZ about the incident where Cardi tweeted-and-deleted that a white NYPD officer placed her in a chokehold with not much detail about why. Offset said that afterward, she immediately called him (on FaceTime as assumed), and, admittedly, he thought she was just joking at first. That is, until he saw her face.
“I was like, ‘The police can’t put their hands on you,’” he said after the “Bodak Yellow” star explained what happened.
He continued to say that Cardi told him there were actually two men involved in a physical altercation, but somehow the police hadn’t handled them. He didn’t share many details on why the cops snatched her up either, but he did have a rather lamentable comment on the current state of policing in America.
“I know you can’t stop the police,” he said. “The police kill people every day and get away with it.”
The TMZ reporter whether Offset believes the theory about a newly coined term given to law enforcement that specifically targets stars and influential figures of urban culture: the “hip-hop cops.” While he doesn't quite know what fuels their motives, Offset explained, he’s 100 percent certain that they do exist.
See his thoughts on the incident, law enforcement and their speculated rap star special police unit in the video below.
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