Andre Romelle Young (a.k.a., Dr. Dre) is an extremely successful business man. He’s built an empire on music, video and movies. He may have a net worth of over a billion dollars. Yesterday, the good Doctor found himself in handcuffs in his own driveway. An un-named person claims that Dr. Dre displayed a gun while asking him to move his car that was blocking his driveway. Not surprisingly, Dr. Dre has a different version of events. From cnsnews.com:
Dre told sheriff’s deputies he didn’t have a gun and that the man was blocking his driveway. He says the man moved his car but parked nearby. He says the man drove off after Dre recorded video of him.
Dre was briefly handcuffed while deputies investigated. No weapon was found at the scene, but deputies say the man initiated a citizen’s arrest for misdemeanor brandishing a firearm.
Incidents involving black men and police officers are very much in the news currently. The last month has been a media frenzy following to police shooting of two black men and the assassinations of eight police officers. This situation, however, seems to have been handled with a minimum of muss or fuss. From atlantablackstar.com:
Officers say the music producer was cooperative and consented to the search. He denied all allegations of the gun, informing police the man was parked directly in front of his driveway and blocking him in. The rapper asked him to leave – and he did – but immediately came back and parked in almost the exact same spot at the median in front of the home. Dre pulled out a cellphone to record what was going on and then the man drove off.
Pigeons and Planes reported that even though no weapon was found, the driver filed a police report. The case will go to the District Attorney, who will then decide if there is a legitimate case against the hip-hop artist.
Dre said the driver had previously engaged in a road-rage-type incident on the highway and followed him home, according to an LA Times source close to the investigation.
At first glance, it appears as though the police overreacted. Then again, they received a report of a man with a gun.
The person who complained has filed a “citizens arrest” report. The whole thing will likely be thrown out.
There is another cynical, off the wall, possibility. Dr. Dre is in the entertainment industry. That industry lives off of media attention. Dr. Dre’s situation just created millions of dollars worth of free publicity. But that’s awfully cynical, isn’t it?
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