The Charlotte Police Department has issued a statement after DaBaby was handcuffed and given citations for marijuana just hours after he performed a concert and gave away toys to children in the community.
On their official Twitter account, the CMPD tweeted, “At approximately 8:50 pm a white Dodge charger arrived at the Bojangles Arena. The vehicle was occupied by a driver and Kirk (DaBaby) was in the rear driver’s side of the vehicle. He entered the arena and while officers were outside providing security, they stated they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officers approached the white Dodge charger while utilizing their flashlights.”
They continued, “Based on the probable cause of the marijuana in plain view officers stated they observed, they determined that they would speak with Kirk at the conclusion of the concert. Officers stated they attempted to initiate a voluntary contact with Kirk. Officers stated that Kirk walked away from them and he refused to speak with officers. Officers stated they detained Kirk in handcuffs and indicated that they legally searched the vehicle.”
They arrested DaBaby and charged him with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. The CMPD is also launching an internal investigation to determine if the officers followed department policies during the incident.
DaBaby is now speaking out about the incident on his Twitter account. He tweeted, “We gone let the police department use the local news channels to cover their tracks then I’ll give the world our perspective. Keep in mind we have high resolution video and audio over here at the hottest label in the world.” He continued, “Someone died last night while the police department wasting resources and officers to harass me in attempt to make a bad example out of me. When in reality, i’m the most positive example the city of Charlotte got. Especially for anybody in the streets of Charlotte and the KIDS.”
We will keep you updated with the latest.
Jonathan Kirk issued two North Carolina Uniform Citations pic.twitter.com/mjOB0gfzKL— CMPD News (@CMPD) December 24, 2019