Three weeks after Offset was booked into Clayton County Jail and charged with two felonies, as well as misdemeanors for improper lane change and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, the Clayton County district attorney’s office has yet to announce whether it will proceed with the case against the rapper.
Recall that the drama started after the rapper, whose real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, was pulled over in Georgia for having illegally tinted windows, and when a search of the SUV was conducted by the officers, it was discovered that he was carrying at least one gun – a felony since he is a convicted felon on probation – and marijuana.
Offset has since joined his Migos members on Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour, and reacting to the whole charges drama, his lawyer, Drew Findling, told Billboard that Offset was pulled over because he was “driving while black.”
He continued, “If you look at [the citations issued], you know certainly how preposterous one of them is. I call it utter ridiculousness and an embarrassment.”
Adding, “If you read between the lines from the information available to us, it’s obvious that it was an African-American young man driving a shiny, beautiful luxury car and they come up to the car and if you know anything about Mr. Cephus, you know that Kiari wears the best watches that anyone can imagine buying. And he’s clad with beautiful jewelry, and in fact it’s commonplace for, as it is for other people in his genre, to carry a body bag with cash on him. All that was completely visible.”
For the drug charge, it was reported that the arresting officer said he smelled the aroma of marijuana, but Findling says when that is the case, police are trained to immediately ascertain whether the driver is legally capable of operating the vehicle via a field sobriety test and either a breathalyzer or, in the case of marijuana ingestion, a blood test. “None of that took place here, and it didn’t take place here because we know that this was what’s called a ‘pre-textual’ stop,” he said.
“When you are somebody that is famous… that drives a beautiful luxury car… [and] have amazing jewelry and in excess of $100,000 in cash and you know that you can’t carry a weapon with you as a felon, it may be prudent to have someone with you that can,” he continued. “Mr. Cephus, complying with the law, had a legal weapon holder with a license with him. So instead of being condemned for doing that, he should be commended.”
We can’t wait to see how this pans out.