An Indiana cop has received punishment after supporting one of rapper Freddie Gibbs‘ music videos last week by allowing his police vehicle to get used as a prop.
Details of the violation and accompanying punishment surfaced online this week.
Laron Leslie, David Finley, Marla Guye and now Patrolman Jason Johnson. All four Gary police officers hired in July 2009. All tied to drugs. The latest incident involves Johnson and his take-home squad car, featured in a home video dated Friday and posted on YouTube this past weekend. Filmed on a Tarrytown street, the video focuses on a rap artist making his own recording with Johnson’s squad car as a prop in the background. The squad is parked at an angle, its lights flashing while the singer moves back and forth in front of it. In one shot, he leans against the front fender. “We’re smoking weed with the police outside,” says one man. Just 42 seconds into the 4-minute video, viewers get a glimpse of Johnson in his uniform, watching the rap artist. (Post Tribune)
Johnson will likely avoid termination and suspension for the immediate future.
Chief Wade Ingram met with Johnson Monday morning. He terminated the officer’s take-home car privileges and transferred him to the garage. Indiana law prohibits the city from firing or suspending without pay a sworn officer until the jurisdiction’s police commission conducts a hearing. “When matters like this arise, our approach continues to be proactive. We are policing ourselves as well as the citizens. We will do everything in our power to ensure that any illegal behavior by Gary police officers will not be tolerated,” Ingram wrote in an e-mail sent by city spokeswoman Chelsea Whittington. He said mandatory ethics classes are set for next week, to be provided by Indiana University Northwest at no cost to the city. (Post Tribune)
No stranger to controversy, Gibbs boasted about sneaking drugs through the national Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last winter.
Someone in the Transportation Security Administration was feeling charitable this week. When rapper Freddie Gibbs attempted to pass through airport security with two sizeable bags of weed in his luggage, instead of confiscating the drugs, an unidentified security agent returned them in the suitcase with a note reading “C’mon son.” Gibbs tweeted a photo of the note yesterday morning, though he seems to have removed it since (an archived photo can be found here). Later that day, the “Look Easy” rapper posted another status update: “Bout to go thru security at the airport again.” Let’s hope he was a little more careful with his luggage this time. (Rolling Stone)
TSA later said it would investigate the violation amongst its employees.
“TSA takes all allegations of inappropriate conduct seriously and is investigating this claim,” says a spokesperson for the TSA. ” Should the claims be substantiated, TSA will take appropriate disciplinary steps and refer the alleged possession of an illegal substance to law enforcement.” (Forbes)