Florida prosecutors have dismissed a trespassing charge against Kodak Black after the “Zeze” rapper was arrested at the Golden Acres public housing estate in his hometown of Pompano Beach on New Year’s Day.
Broward County prosecutors made the decision to dismiss the case Wednesday, Kodak attorney Bradford Cohen confirmed. rolling stone.
Cohen said his client, born Bill Kapri, was visiting family in Golden Acres on New Year’s Eve when he was arrested while standing by his parked Lamborghini in a driveway.
The arresting officer, a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy, took Kapri into custody citing a ‘cease and desist’ letter housing officials issued a while ago. four months about Kapri’s personal delivery of air conditioning units to residents of the development last summer.
Cohen said Thursday that it is “basic law” that a cease and desist letter is not the same as a trespassing notice, and anyway the letter was sent to the Kapri’s label, not the rapper himself.
Beyond that, Kapri was invited to the property by a resident, and “a landlord cannot encroach on you if you are invited by the person paying the rent,” the attorney said.
Before Kapri could post bail and secure his release, his Lamborghini was towed away, with its contents detailed.
“I think they made the arrest so they could search him and his vehicle that was legally parked and try to find something that was a higher charge than trespassing,” Cohen said. rolling stone. “I think it was embarrassing that they ended up arresting him for trespassing, and the case was never closed because there was no probable reason to make the arrest.”
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Kapri, 24, was about halfway through a three-year federal prison sentence for falsifying documents used to purchase guns from a Miami gun store when President Donald Trump commuted the sentence the last day of his term in 2021.
The pardon, endorsed by Gucci Mane, Lil Pump and Lil Yachty, highlighted Kodak’s philanthropic efforts, including the regular distribution of school supplies and food to Florida residents in need.
The multi-platinum entertainer was sentenced to probation in April for the assault of a teenage girl at a South Carolina hotel in February 2016, when he was 18.