Paranoia or precaution?
Chance The Rapper live-streamed a recent stop by the Chicago Police on his Instagram. While he seemed to think that things wouldn’t get out of hand, he wanted the backup of knowing that his fans would see everything that happened if they did.
“Just want y’all to be here in case it gets out of hand,” Chance told his followers. “Should be good though. Should be straight.”
He added that he tends to trust people more generally and cops, specifically… but he can’t deny the wave of videos and reports of unarmed black men being wrongfully arrested, harassed, or even killed because police felt threatened by them.
“I have great faith in humanity and the men and women that put on the badge, but, you know, you can’t be too careful,” he said.
Chance was in his hometown of Chicago which is still being rocked by incidents like the one between police and Laquan McDonald ― a case that the rapper he seemed to reference in his live-stream.
“You know I’m in Chicago,” he said. “You know how they do m—–f—— out here.”
A New Tactic
As the stop went on, Chance spoke directly to his followers who were viewing the video while also talking with Kirsten Corley, the mother of his child who was in the car with him.
“Shout to [Worldstar] for just tuning in because y’all can definitely help me if this goes sideways,” he said when he saw the website that offers equal parts hip-hop news and viral videos of fights had jumped on the stream.
He closed the video, which ended with him getting a warning from the officer, with another explanation of why he felt the need to live-stream his stop.
“Again, lot of faith in the men and women, big faith in the men and women who put on the uniform. But policing as a system is disproportionately racist and oppressive. I’m with my baby, I ain’t got no burner in the car, no joints in the car. Nothing going on, just came back from church.”
Chance is far from the first person to start recording as soon as he was pulled over. The move has become a common tactic of people when interacting with police. He’s not even the only famous rapper to stream his stop this week. Tory Lanez sent out his stop to all his followers, though he had a more direct reasoning than Chance’s general fear.
Lanez was sending out the stream so that he would have evidence that he was stopped on the way to a meeting with his probation officer. Lanez was worried that he would receive a violation for not appearing on time and needed the officer to know that he wasn’t lying when he said he was pulled over while trying to make the appointment. In that video, it also appears that Lanez was not cited, as he thanked the officer before pulling off.
Lanez was considerably less respectful of officers, but that’s to be expected given Chance’s squeaky clean demeanor. After thanking the officer, he jokingly cursed the cop out as he pulled away.
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