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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pittsburgh Rapper Arrested For Song Lyrics Says He’s Protected By Free Speech

Posted by DJ Yeroc on 10:56 PM


Pittsburgh rapper Jamal Knox was recently sentenced to prison for recording and publishing an anti-cop track called “Fuck the Police.” After three years the Supreme Court took an appeal from Knox who claimed to have freedom of speech.

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Knox is asking the courts “to set aside his convictions for witness intimidation and making terroristic threats.” The song lyrics including the rapper name dropping officers. The lyrics went,

“This first verse is for Officer Zeltner and all you FED force bitches and Mr. Kosko can suck my dick for knocking my riches. Want beef, well cracker I’m wit it, that whole department can get it/All these soldiers in my committee gonna fuck over you bitches, fuck the police bitch, I said it loud/The fuckin city can’t stop me […] I got my glock and best believe dog gonna bring the pump out, and I’m hittin your chest/Don’t tell me stop cause I’m resisting arrest.”

The track was recorded back in 2012. After it was recorded, Knox was found with 15 bags of heroin, $1,500, and loaded gun. Knox’s lawyer says that he did not intend to offend the officers and was not the one to post the video. Knox’s lawyer Patrick K. Nightingale says,

“Just because a police officer arrests you, doesn’t mean you are stripped of any free speech ability to say, ‘Wait a minute, that officer did me wrong, and here’s why I think so,’”

Source: Complex

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