The Hip-Hop community was up in arms about the arrest of rapper, actor and comedian Hitman Holla earlier this week. The celebrity personality, whose real name is Gerald Fulton, Jr., was arrested after an Atlanta police patroller followed him and his party for several exits and pulled him over only after her allegedly for illegally switched lanes.
However according to a video of the incident, as captured by fellow rapper John John Da Don, the officers seemed to be more concerned about the nice car he was driving the driving violation.
Information is not clear as to why he was arrested, but one officer first asserted that Hitman was pulled because he had a warrant (a charge that his manager is on camera vehemently denied) and then because of a reported alteration of the VIN number on the car and issues with his license plate on the car.
No further news has been reported, but as noted several times in the video:
HITMAN HOLLA IS A RESPECTED CELEBRITY, STARRING ON THE LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW ON MTV AND THE LONGEST RUNNING HIP-HOP SHOW NOT ONLY IN THE WORLD BUT IN HISTORY OF RECORDED TELEVISION. HITMAN HOLLA HAS COMPLETED 9 SEASONS SINCE 2015 AND CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PERSONALITIES ON THE SHOW. FINALLY NOT TO POCKET WATCH, HIS ESTIMATED NET WORTH ACCORDING TO MULTIPLE SOURCES (CONSIDERING ALL OF HIS VARIOUS STREAMS OF INCOME) IS BETWEEN 3 AND 5 MILLION DOLLARS.
So the likelihood of something being sideways is next to zilch.
Apparently, he was locked up for two days and was recently released. The St. Louis emcee noted to his almost 90K fans on Twitter, that he was “good” and that while inside, he met people that held him down. In return, he is gonna lookout like a real “g” is supposed to.
Currently, there are no laws on the books in Atlanta against racial profiling or racial bias to protect people from the police.
Jamilla Hall, a partner at Jones Day Law firm, told 11 Alive that one of the best ways to catch racial profiling or bias by cops is by recording them, but you still have to be cautious.
While it’s important to record and completely legal, you also want to make sure you’re keeping your safety a priority. And, so, if that means removing yourself from the situation, that’s what you should do.”
Thank God that John John and Hitman’s manager PB were recording from a safe distance and the police were not acting particularly antsy. It could have gone bad for everyone.