Kodak Black is accusing law enforcement officers of violating his rights by taking photos while he was “shackled” and in custody.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kodak is asking a judge to prohibit further dissemination of photographs of him while he’s in custody.
His lawyer writes, “On May 11, 2019, the defendant, a Grammy nominated recording artist, was taken into custody while en route to a scheduled performance.”
He continues, “Thereafter, a photo of the defendant, shackled and still in his street clothes while sitting in what appears to be a private office, in the Miami Dade Police Department, appeared on the Twitter feed of a local reporter.”
Just obtained photo of Bill Kapri, AKA Rapper Kodak Black after he was arrested tonight. Official statement from Marshals: after an extensive investigation conducted by the US Marshals, ATF, and Miami Dade PD North Side Gang Unit, Kapri, was arrested as he arrived… pic.twitter.com/IHVzAoNStI
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) May 12, 2019
Kodak says there was no legitimate reason for law enforcement to take his picture or send it to members of the news media. The hip-hop star believes his constitutional rights have been violated.
The documents argue, “A photograph of an in-custody detainee taken without any legitimate law enforcement purpose has been found to violate the detainee’s Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.”
Kodak wants the judge to immediately ban any photos of him locked up from being released.
Earlier this month, Kodak was indicted by a grand jury with two counts relating to illegally trying to buy purchase firearms. He is facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.