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The reason Killer Mike was sent away in handcuffs after winning three Grammy Awards on Sunday came into focus. says a senior law enforcement source Rolling Stone A female security guard working at the star-studded event claims she was injured by the rapper during a confrontation inside the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
The source revealed that shortly after the Atlanta musician, whose legal name is Michael Rinder, swept the rap category with awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, he allegedly confronted the bouncer near its designated entrance. The guard told police she asked for Rinder's tickets and directed him to a security checkpoint, but he refused. According to the woman, Rinder tried to get around her, and when she “ran and stood in front of him again,” he allegedly “pushed her to the ground,” the source said.
A Los Angeles Police source said that the guard suffered injuries to her hand and fingers. The source said that the woman called for help, and her fellow security officers surrounded Rinder outside the square and called the police. The source said that the guard received medical treatment, arrested a female citizen on charges of assault, and took pictures of her alleged injuries. It was submitted then He was arrested and taken into custodyHe is treated and released on his own recognizance.
The source was aware of critics who questioned why Rinder was arrested while Will Smith was allowed to stay at the 2022 Oscars after punching Chris Rock in the face. “There is a big difference,” the source said. “Chris Rock didn't want to file a report, he didn't want to make an arrest. He was a fellow artist, and I think they sorted it out themselves. If Chris Rock had said, 'I want to make a citizen's arrest,' that would have been honorable.” In this case, the source said: “She was an ordinary citizen, and she had everything she needed to exercise her rights to make a citizen’s arrest. We are obligated by law to make this arrest.”
An attorney or representative for Render did not respond to multiple requests for comment. However, the artist appeared on an Atlanta radio show on Monday morning and cheerfully answered questions about the incident, describing his arrest as a minor twist on a festive night. “We hit a speed bump and then got back into the party,” he told the radio. Big Tigger Morning Show. He said he was only leaving his last concert after winning Best Rap Album Michael Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Scientists and Engineers.”
“I want to thank everyone who dares to believe that art can change the world,” Rinder said in his acceptance speech for best rap performance at the Grammys on Sunday. “It is our responsibility to continue to use our imagination to shape the world.”
Render was honored for his solo achievement on Sunday, but was previously nominated for a Grammy for “Chase Me,” a Run the Jewels collaboration with Danger Mouse and Big Boi. In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for the Outkast collaboration “The Whole World.”
Aside from music, Render is also known for his work as an activist. He grew up in a family of community organizers, where his father worked as a police officer. In the days following the killing of George Floyd in 2020, he gave an emotional speech alongside the mayor of Atlanta, which became a defining moment in the widespread protests that erupted.
“I watched a white officer assassinate a black man. “I know it tore your heart out, and I know it's crippling,” he said of Floyd's death at the hands of white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. He said he woke up “so mad” and “wanting to see the world burn,” but urged protesters to preserve their neighborhoods.
“We have to be better than this moment. We have to be better than burning down our homes. Because if we lose Atlanta, what else do we have? We lose the ability to plan, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize properly,” he said.
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