Police Officer Punished For Cameo In Freddie Gibbs Video


photo via RapRadar

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Although it was Election Day yesterday, the Post Tribune in Gary, Indiana devoted part of its front page to rapper Freddie Gibbs. The article blasted patrolman Jason Johnson who appears, along with his squad car, in Freddie’s upcoming music video “BFK.”

According to the paper, via RR the officer has since been demoted by the Gary Police Department for using his car as a music video prop. He is the fourth in a string of officer reprimands. “When matters like this arise, our approach continues to be proactive. We are policing ourselves as well as the citizens. We will do everything in our power to ensure that any illegal behavior by Gary police officers will not be tolerated,” Chief Wade Ingram wrote in an e-mail sent by city spokeswoman Chelsea Whittington.

“I thought it was election today? Why am I on the front page? The city of Gary comin at my head,” tweeted a confused Gibbs.

The rapper has had his own legal run-ins. Last year, he tried to take marijuana through an airport security gate and got off with a warning. On December 15 Gibbs posted a photo on his Twitter account showing the marijuana and the TSA agent’s note writing, “The TSA found my weed and let me keep it. They just left me a note. ‘C’mon Son’. Lol.” When authorities caught wind of Gibbs’ tweet, they promised to take legal action against the offending TSA officer.