T.I. is seen speaking with a police officer while he is being processed at Henry County Jail. He somewhat calmly asks for a decent reason as to why he was arrested. The officer replies that T.I. was “acting like a fool” and that he shouldn’t have approached the security guard the second time once he was already let in.
T.I. then defends himself by saying he has every right to approach the guard since he’s a tax-paying citizen.
TMZ also reports more details after speaking with T.I. directly. First, the security guard was reportedly asleep when T.I. first tried to get in. The police report also read that T.I. shouted, “Hook me up,” at the guard but T.I. says he said, “Look me up.”
After the guard couldn’t find T.I. in the directory, T.I.’s wife Tiny called the security guard to give him permission to come in. The guard then reportedly shouted at Tiny, “Who the fuck do you think you is talking to me like this?” T.I. then became visibly upset and told the guard, “I pay you.” He tried to get the guard’s name but the guard reportedly refused.
After finally getting home, T.I. returned to the guard to get his name. After another rejection at his attempt, T.I. told the guard, “You can step outside the booth into the street, so we can talk.” The guard then felt threatened and called the police, who arrested T.I.
T.I. claims the security guards and police haven’t checked surveillance footage to see what actually occurred.
WSB-TV Atlanta 2 has interviewed other residents of the community who say that a few security guards, including the one involved in T.I.’s arrest, “don’t use common sense.”
T.I.’s lawyer also released the following statement to WSB-TV Atlanta 2:
“Tip was wrongfully arrested early this morning when he attempted to gain entrance into his gated community – where his wife “Tiny” and his family reside. The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse. It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard. Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry. The guard refused entry. Tip was in contact with “Tiny” by phone and “Tiny” confirmed that Tip should be let in immediately. The guard continued to refuse entry without justification. Words were exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor called the police. When the police arrived, they were not interested in hearing Tip’s side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip.”
T.I. and a friend were arrested outside of T.I.’s gated community in Georgia for simple assault, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.
T.I. was released on bond shortly after.