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Sat Mar 25, 2023, 02:15 PM

Afroman Sued By Law Enforcement Officers Over Use Of Raid Footage

Source: Yahoo!

Rapper Afroman faces a lawsuit from Ohio law enforcement officers alleging that he invaded their privacy by using images of them raiding his house.

Afroman (real name Joseph Foreman) had his home raided in August 2022 by the Adam’s County Sheiff’s Office. They were looking for drugs and alleged kidnapping victims.

No charges were filed based on the raid. However, security cameras and footage from Foreman’s wife’s mobile phone were captured. Those images were used in subsequent videos mocking the situation.

“I asked myself, as a powerless Black man in America, what can I do to the cops that kicked my door in, tried to kill me in front of my kids, stole my money and disconnected my cameras?” Foreman said in an NPR interview. “And the only thing I could come up with was make a funny rap song about them and make some money, use the money to pay for the damages they did and move on.”

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Reply Afroman Sued By Law Enforcement Officers Over Use Of Raid Footage (Original post)
Polybius Mar 25 OP
machoneman Mar 25 #1
gopiscrap Mar 25 #10
Faux pas Mar 25 #2
sakabatou Mar 25 #3
DownriverDem Mar 25 #4
Rocknation Mar 25 #14
XorXor Mar 25 #5
LiberalLovinLug Mar 25 #11
azureblue Mar 25 #17
EarnestPutz Mar 25 #6
Withywindle Mar 26 #18
EarnestPutz Mar 26 #19
sybylla Mar 26 #22
littlemissmartypants Mar 25 #7
Curtis Mar 25 #8
Rocknation Mar 25 #16
intheflow Mar 26 #20
Curtis Mar 25 #9
Orrex Mar 25 #12
intheflow Mar 26 #21
DFW Mar 25 #13
sybylla Mar 26 #23
LiberalFighter Mar 25 #15
MichMan Mar 26 #24
cannabis_flower Mar 26 #25
Kennah Mar 26 #26
W T F Mar 27 #27
ck4829 Mar 27 #28

Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 02:29 PM

1. Oh for Christs sake! Stupid to sue him. Since no charges were filed, he should sue THEM!

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Response to machoneman (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 05:26 PM

10. agreed

fucking asshole cops are all like that, bunch winey, self entitled fuck holes who don't their shit stinks

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 02:30 PM

2. Kickin'

Go Afroman

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 02:51 PM

3. The cops are just looking to shake him down for money.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 03:29 PM

4. If you haven't heard

his song Because I got high, it is worth a listen. It makes me laugh big time.


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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 08:29 PM

14. Was looking for a parking spot in a concert parking lot when I first heard this song on the radio

Nearly caused a wreck, I was laughing so hard!


Rocknation

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 03:32 PM

5. Invading their privacy? WTF? It was his home they were going through.

There is no way this will go anywhere, right?

Even the most pro-police person has to find this ridiculous.

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Response to XorXor (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 06:03 PM

11. My thoughts too

Now if the cops had found something nefarious.....like weed omg!!....or anything else illegal, they might have the right to say that he can't use footage that could be used as evidence in an upcoming case.

But since nothing was found, how does he not have the right to use whatever footage of his own home space including whomever is inside of it, for whatever reason he wants to?

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Response to XorXor (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 11:40 PM

17. the purpose isn't to win

It's to cost Afro Man time and legal expenses. Cops do this one regularly because they don't have to pay to sue. They will drag it out and try to break him financially, then either drop the charges or lose in court. It is possible for AM's attorney to ask for legal costs, if he is able to convince the judge the cops are just doing this to harass him.. .

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 04:22 PM

6. He's got another one called "Lemon Pound Cake" which shows a fat cop eyeing....

….a cake from his mother, in his kitchen, during the raid. Funny stuff.

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Response to EarnestPutz (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 26, 2023, 12:59 AM

18. Here's the video

Tune of "Under the Boardwalk." It's brilliant.


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Response to Withywindle (Reply #18)

Sun Mar 26, 2023, 01:15 AM

19. Yep, that's the one. Thanks for posting it.

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Response to EarnestPutz (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 26, 2023, 09:59 AM

22. Don't forget "Will You Help Me Repair My Door."

LOL!

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 04:31 PM

7. Silver lining, possibly...

Free publicity for the song.

The LEO's just expanded AM's reach while calling attention to their malfeasance. Not the brightest bulbs in the cruiser.

Rock on, Afroman!

❤️

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 05:09 PM

8. Since cops cannot be sued

thanks to Qualified Immunity, they should not be allowed to sue others from things that happen while they are on duty and serving in an official capacity.

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Response to Curtis (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 09:01 PM

16. And if they were truly serious about getting justice, they would ALSO be suing

those whose actions led to the issuing of the faulty warrant -- the people who misinformed the police, and/or the law enforcement personnel who botched the investigation. They're at least as "responsible" for the cops' "embarrassment" as Afroman is.


Rocknation

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Response to Rocknation (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 26, 2023, 09:54 AM

20. Yes, good point!

Although it was probably enough for them to target him for being Black and the Because I Got High guy. 🙄

I can imagine it now:
Cops: “He’s a drug addict librul, yer honor.. And we all know them libruls are all pedos.”
Judge: He’s a Black man with money. Yer right, Boys! I just feel it my bones he’s drug trafficking and selling babies to the porn industry.”
Meanwhile, back in the judge’s chambers, he pops in another child porn dvd… because projection is all these people have.

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Sat Mar 25, 2023, 07:12 PM

12. I thought it's been established that citizens can film cops on duty

Why are cops so fucking delicate?

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Response to Orrex (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 26, 2023, 09:56 AM

21. They got nothing.

If cop cam footage can be shown on the news with no lawsuits, then a private citizen in his own home can be broadcast without impunity. Whoever advised them has got to be one of the stupidest lawyers to ever live.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 08:15 PM

13. They kicked in his door, invaded his home, and are suing HIM for invasion of privacy?

If "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" had a legal section...................

This would be something for Comedy Central if it had been made up by a comedian. How are comedy writers supposed to keep up with this kind of incident?

Graham Nash needs to do a new version of his famous song, Our House

Our house
Was a very, very, very fine house
With two cops in the yard
Life sure is getting hard
It used to be so easy
With no Blue

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Response to DFW (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 26, 2023, 10:13 AM

23. Hahahahahaha!

I'd love to hear that one, too.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sat Mar 25, 2023, 08:31 PM

15. If the Police Association is backing the police and footing any of it they should be sued too.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2023, 12:17 PM

24. You generally can't use people's images for commercial purposes without getting a release

There are exceptions for public figures and news events. I suspect that is what the police officers may be claiming.

Even the TV show "Cops" had to get a release from anyone whom they filmed before it was aired. Occasionally they would have to blur someone out if they didn't get it.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2023, 01:12 PM

25. Justice would be

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If the cops won and were awarded $1.00 each but ordered to return all confiscated money and pay for any damages.


Edit: on second thought if the cops won and got a dollar, Afroman would have to take down the video. I don’t think that would be justice.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2023, 04:39 PM

26. Snowflake cops?

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Mon Mar 27, 2023, 03:15 AM

27. They were acting in their official capacity as law enforcement. They have no standing.

It’s the price that they pay for their qualified immunity. It will get tossed out.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Mon Mar 27, 2023, 10:03 AM

28. Thanks, now I watched the video. Quite catchy.

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