All charges have been dismissed against rap tycoon Young Jeezy in Orange County, CA. The rapper, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, was arrested along with his entourage on August 24 after a police search of his tour bus turned up an unlicensed AK-47. After spending a week in jail, Jeezy was released on $1 million bond. The court refunded Jeezy's $1 million cash bond minus the bondsman fees.
In a statement released by his legal counsel, Blair Bork, Jeezy implied racism may have played a part in the police and the media's rush to judgment.
“I pray this had nothing to do with race but it definitely had nothing to do with evidence," said Jeezy.
"Words cannot express how vindicated I feel with these charges being dismissed today. “While my team and I always knew that the allegations and charges were based on zero facts, the rush to judgment by both the media and the police has been extremely disappointing. I'm relieved that the truth has ultimately prevailed and I would like to thank those who have always stood by me including my family and fans.”
Jeezy's attorney, Bork, added: “Mr. Jenkins should not have been arrested and this case should not have been prosecuted. We are pleased it has been dismissed, although frustrated that it took the police and prosecutors months to do the right thing."
The facts related to the wrongful arrest of the multi-platinum, award-winning musician which ultimately lead to the dismissal of all charges are as follows:
Police had absolutely no hard evidence that Jeezy had any role whatsoever in either the shooting up north or any other illegal activity, yet they barreled ahead anyway, not caring one iota as to the harm caused. In fact the very weapons seized by police at the time of arrest had been inspected, cleared, and returned by police to Jeezy’s security director two days before because they were lawfully owned by him.
Police used the smell of marijuana at a concert venue as a reason to board the bus and detain everybody, even though they still didn’t have a signed search warrant.
Without any justification police literally seized a truckload of property from these people, with either a questionable warrant or no warrant at all. They seized all their clothing, suitcases, and even their jewelry
The police from Northern California (Mountain View) then forced the Orange County DA to find a way to hold these people so they could interrogate them and then outrageously asked for $1,000,000 bail each on a charge where the legal presumption was $20,000. Jeezy was unwilling to simply bail himself out and leave all of his employees in custody, and stood by them even though it meant spending four days in custody. As a result, Jeezy was left with no choice but to cancel his concert at the last minute after thousands of people had purchased tickets.
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