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Police Charge a 12-Year-Old Rapper With Felony After Mall Confrontation Over CD Sales

The Cobb County Police Department then blamed Corey J's aunt for escalating the confrontation.

|||Screenshot via Twitter/@TalbertSwanScreenshot via Twitter/@TalbertSwanCorey Jackson is a 12-year-old rapper in Cobb County, Georgia. He goes by the stage names Lil C Note and Corey J. In an effort to promote his sound, the entrepreneurial Jackson likes to sell his CDs to strangers with an animated presentation claiming that his $5 CDs are as hot as the summer. He's even showed off his selling technique on Ellen. On October 6, a police officer detained Jackson for selling his CDs at the Cumberland Mall. A cell phone video released earlier this week shows a police officer taunting Jackson and threatening to send him to a juvenile detention center.

The video, taken by Jackson's aunt, shows the officer holding tightly onto the preteen's arm. The officer explains that Jackson is headed to a youth detention center, while Jackson's aunt pleads that his father is on the phone. Instead of taking the call, the officer continues to tell Jackson that he is headed to jail if he continues to struggle. Jackson and his aunt protest the decision, telling the officer that they know they have rights. As the officer attempts to pull Jackson away, his aunt is tackled to the ground while shouting for the officer to let him go.

Police decried the video during a press conference following the incident. Chief Michael Register said the officer was simply "holding the young man by the arm" in response to allegations of "manhandling." Register also criticized Jackson's aunt, saying that she could have remained calm and deescalated the situation. Otherwise, Register believed the officer's actions were justified. The Atlanta-based Law Office of Gerald Griggs released a statement claiming that the officer was wrong to detain Jackson as he was "attempting to find probable cause."

Police charged Jackson with one count of felony obstruction. He also faces misdemeanor charges for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. His aunt was charged with felony obstruction and misdemeanor criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and providing a false name to law enforcement. Protestors gathered at the mall on Wednesday to demand that the charges be dropped.

The department announced an investigation following the release of the video.

There are, unfortunately, countless stories of children's business ventures—from selling water bottles to pop-up lemonade stands—being shut down by police. It's not often the case, however, that child entrepeneurs are threatened with jail time and charged with felonies.

Cobb County must be the safest place on Earth if its police officers have the time to pursue criminal charges against a kid selling his own music.

Photo Credit: Screenshot via Twitter/@TalbertSwan

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  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Lil C Note

    That name is totally fucking G. I wanna meet this kid.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The cop in that still frame looks like Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Ah, so that's why the expected them to Surrender.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    In your Dream, Police

  • Hugh Akston||

    Police charged Jackson with one count of felony obstruction. He also faces misdemeanor charges for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. His aunt was charged with felony obstruction and misdemeanor criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and providing a false name to law enforcement.

    It's telling that they couldn't find one legitimate crime to charge them with, so they threw all of the 'contempt of cop' offenses in the book.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I had to read that passage twice, hoping I could at least find a charge which represented the initial encounter.

  • Social Justice is neither||

    Does criminal trespass not qualify? Stick them on a public street and I'd agree there is nothing criminal to begin with, but at a mall selling your wares without paying rent to the private owner seems to me like a crime. Mind you, a "move along" level of crime but when you choose to escalate from there you start racking up the charges.

  • Agammamon||

    Wouldn't be *criminal trespass* - until at least after they were told to move along. And only if the person telling them to move along had the authority to speak for the property owner.

    Just because a cop walks by and *thinks* you're violating a mall rule doesn't mean you are and doesn't mean he has probable cause to believe you are.

  • Dan S.||

    "when you choose to escalate from there you start racking up the charges"?

    How did he "choose to escalate"? The cop is the one who started talking about jail right off the bat, which was entirely inappropriate. And the aunt was certainly not incorrect in stating that he still had rights - everyone does. Yeah, everyone involved could have acted calmer than they did, but so what?

  • Philadelphia Collins||

    Set up. The kid knew what he was doing was not legal, and that he'd probably get harassed by the cops. Nothing sells rap CDs faster than a run in with the cops.
    He learned that from J Roc of Sunnyvale Trailer Park.

  • ryaniskira||

    How do you know that the owner of the mall didn't approve this? Also, why is the government trying to solve this rather than the mall's private security staff?

  • Juice||

    Eat your heart out, Tiffany.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Debbie Gibson was way cooler anyways.

  • ||

    Ahem - Deborah Gibson.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    I have her first 2 albums. They both say Debbie.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    *puts Unicorn Abattoir on a watch list*

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    ermmm....You know what other reason commenter kept a watch list?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "I have her first 2 albums."

    WTF?

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    *Cranks up Duran Duran to prove manhood.

  • Dillinger||

    fake news. redheads always win.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Only if they're Karen Gillan.

  • Dillinger||

    especially if they're Karen Gillian. but *especially* if they have red hair.

  • Woody Chip Hurrrrr?||

    Seeing that Ellen clip was amazing. Kids like that make me believe the future is in good hands. And then along comes some thug in uniform. What a fuckin' loser! I hope his kids are proud of him, cuz no one else out of unform is.

  • Longtobefree||

    Gotta stomp on those capitalists while they are young!
    Next thing you know, that damn kid will vote, but not for a democrat.

  • ryaniskira||

    Unfortunately the public school system will most likely brainwash him into thinking capitalism was at fault and he will be voting Democrat.

  • Dillinger||

    >>simply "holding the young man by the arm" in response to allegations of "manhandling."

    youngmanhandling

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    I don't know, this is pretty raw stuff for a 12 year old.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

  • Conchfritters||

    Fuck tha police coming straight from the underground.

  • Sometimes a Great Notion||

    I hope this kid goes platinum. And does a duet with Ice T of his lovely diddy, Cop Killer.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...telling the officer that they know they have rights.

    I think I found the felony.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Yeah, the right to remain silent. BOOM!

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Yeah, the right to remain silent. BOOM!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Register also criticized Jackson's aunt, saying that she could have remained calm and deescalated the situation.

    Deescalation is the province of the citizen.

  • Ecoli||

    Sounds like lil-C-note is a good promoter.

  • Alcibiades||

    Did the cop say he was detained before grabbing hold of the kid?
    If not, it's assault.

  • Eddy||

    As I understand it, to commit trespassing, you have to ignore the no trespassing signs (if any), ignore an order to leave by someone representing the owner, or, in short, be somewhere the owner has clearly communicated to you he doesn't want you to be.

    So was there some kind of No Soliciting sign in the mall, or did the cop tell him to leave but he didn't, etc?

  • Eddy||

    I mean, there's all sorts of ways to let someone know they're not wanted on the property, but the point is you don't want them to have to guess. Maybe doing business in someone else's mall is an example of unwelcome activity, which would be covered by saying No Soliciting or "get on out of here with that &^%*."

    THEN if the guy doesn't leave by all means lock him up. But did that happen in this particular case?

  • creech||

    Apparently this doesn't work at a Starbucks in Philly.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its where the built the new falcons and braves stadiums.

    These taxpayers pits are not going to pay for themselves.

  • majil||

    Georgia is one fucked up shit hole .They have crazy left and crazy right. living there. I think it is all from inbreeding

  • fenris||

    Most cops are chickenshits or bullies with a badge.

    They don't have the stones to go after real criminals like MS-13 and the like, so they would rather arrest kids.

  • Azathoth!!||

    Here's he thing. The kid knew what he was doing was illegal, the aunt knew what he was doing was illegal--anyone who's ever sold crap on the streets knows how this works.

    You hawk your shit, the cops come around and roust you, you accept the lecture, you do the 'yes, I understand' thing and then you move to a new spot.

    The cop's in the right, you're in the wrong. You KNOW that, going in. Why is that so hard for people? Sometimes you knowingly flout the law--that doesn't mean that what you're doing is legal all of a sudden. It means you should accept it if you get caught so you can fight another day.

    And the kid had a patter--so he's been doing this for a while. He knew how this whole thing works.

    So why the sudden change? Particularly in a mall--a private space?

    He's famous for this stuff---ahhh.

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