About 11 p.m. local time, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers arrested DaBaby, who’s real name is Jonathon Lyndale Kirk, in the parking lot of the performance venue, and issued the rapper a citation for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The CMPD dropped the weapons charge and released him from custody. The 28-year-old was issued a citation for resisting arrest.
Afterward, DaBaby gave his own press conference with WSOC-TV reporter Joe Bruno. In the 90 second interview, he explained that he was not only mic’d up during the time he was “resisting arrest” but that his camera crew also videotaped the entire ordeal. DaBaby announced that he plans to release this video, which includes “high-quality audio,” on Tuesday.
“Seeing how they were unlawfully searching my car – before I went on stage I continued to perform for my fans, I had my outstanding video production team, the real GOATS, had them prepared… and had this right here put this on me,” DaBaby said, showing reporters his plastic bag of possessions, which appears to show a mic, “and pulled their own trick on them.”
The rapper continued on to say that he feels the police targets him every time he comes to Charlotte. DaBaby asks to take the microphone from the WSOC TV reporter and said the CMPD likes treats him and his crew “like animals.”
“They following me, they pull us over for no reason, they search our cars, they do everything,” DaBaby said of what happens anytime he returns to his hometown to perform. Hours before his arrest, DaBaby was handing out gifts to kids in Charlotte.
DaBaby also updated his Instagram stories, to share what happened with his 8.3 million followers. He wrote, “Dirty ass police department try to take me to jail every time I got a show in the city.”
Early Tuesday morning, DaBaby started to share snippets of the video his crew took while police searched his car. According to WSOC’s Bruno, the CMPD has launched an internal investigation into the arrest to see if “officers followed department policies and directives.”
Bruno said DaBaby was cited for possessing 1/2 an ounce of marijuana, valued at $45. Bruno tweeted, “In addition to the marijuana, CMPD says they also discovered a concealed firearm, an empty glock 23 magazine and loose .45 caliber rounds. … CMPD says they saw DaBaby arrive at Bojangles’ Coliseum to perform. The officers claim to have smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle. The officers say they saw the marijuana in plain view when they shined their flashlights in the car.”
Police said in a statement to Bruno, “Based on the probable cause of the marijuana in plain view officers stated they observed, they determined that they would speak with Kirk (DaBaby) at the conclusion of the concert.”
DaBaby Is Currently On Unsupervised Probation
In June, according to the CMPD, DaBaby was convicted of carrying a concealed gun, a misdemeanor, and sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation, as reported by TMZ. His initial 30-day jail sentence was suspended.
The case stems from DaBaby’s arrest in November 2018, when DaBaby was involved in a group alteration at a Walmart in Charlotte, in which the other guy involved ended up getting shot and killed. Like he did after his arrest on December 23, DaBaby posted a video defending himself afterward. The rapper said he was threatened while shopping with his family, and acted in defense of himself and his kids.
DaBaby said that security footage backs up his story. He was “buying my baby some baby clothes” when two men approached him to “show me how tough they is” by revealing a gun.
DaBaby Was Recently In The News After Being Mistaken For A Porn Star In A Leaked Nude Video
On December 21, a story spread all over Twitter that DaBaby’s nude photos had leaked onto the Internet. While the “Suge” rapper was getting a very positive reaction from fans for what they saw in the explicit video, DaBaby shot down the rumors by tweeting, “ion send nudes.”
DaBaby’s denial appears to have been truthful. A male porn star who goes by the name “Jack the Rippher” on Twitter, and continuously posts nude photos and videos on the social media site, revealed that it was actually his private parts being credited to DaBaby. He posted a link to the original video from Onlyfans on Twitter.
The leak story happened to fall on the Charlotte-raised rapper’s 28th birthday. DaBaby was performing in Dallas on Saturday and was set to celebrate in his hometown at the Power 98 Winter Block Party on December 23, after which he was arrested by the CMPD.