Afroman is reportedly being sued by a number of Ohio sheriff deputies for allegedly profiting off the raid they conducted on his home last summer.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Department ran up on Afroman’s home last August, where officers searched for illegal narcotics but failed to find anything.
Afroman, who was in Chicago at the time of the raid, expressed confusion about why the incident had taken place and said he merely had some hemp and a vape pen on him. He thinks he was profiled for the music he makes such as the 2001 Top 20 Billboard hit “Because I Got High.”
Afroman filmed the entire raid via his security cameras, and in the months since the raid has compiled the footage together to turn it into a music video called “Will You Help Me Repair My Door.” This has reportedly upset the Ohio sheriff’s deputies involved in the raid as they believe Afroman to be profiting off their hard work.
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According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, the deputies claim Afroman was not home at the time of the raid, but that his wife was and that she was the one responsible for recording the search on her phone. Authorities additionally claim that they never gave the California rapper permission to use the footage recorded on his security cameras.
In turn, the police are suing for invasion of privacy and misappropriation of their likenesses, and are claiming the music video has caused them emotional distress, ridicule, humiliation, loss of reputation and embarrassment.
Afroman has since responded to the lawsuit by telling TMZ the cops have no grounds to sue, especially since they took a stack of money from his property and at first, didn’t return $400 of the seized cash.
“My house is my property, my video camera films, everything on my property as they begin, stealing my money, disconnecting plus destroying my video camera system, they became my property,” Afroman said. “Criminals caught in the act, of vandalizing and stealing money. My video footage is my property. I used it to identify the criminals who broke into my house, and stole my money. I used it to identify criminals, who broke into my house, stole my money and disconnected my home security system.”
Afroman expressed another theory on Instagram shortly after the raid, where he said he thought police could possibly be retaliating over an old burglary report.
“While I’m out here working and paying taxes the Adams county sheriff department is at my house kicc-ing in my door and stealing my money,” he wrote. “One time my house got burglarize while I was on tour. For home insurance purposes I tried to fill out a police report. The cop came out three days later he told me they was really busy. He took my report. I would call every day and see if there was any progress being made.
“The Adams county sheriff department threaten to arrest me for checc-ing up on the case too frequently. I excepted the fact that the police department is not necessary here to protect and serve me a blacc man in America so I just took my loss and never called bacc. Now here they are kicc-ing in my door looking for weapons of mass destruction and 100,000,000 pounds of weed lol wow Donald Trump calls these investigations witchhunts.”