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Rapper Polo G arrested in Miami after album release

MIAMI (AP) – Rapper Polo G has been arrested for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest with violence and criminal mischief.

Prison records show the rapper, whose name is Taurus Bartlett, was jailed early Saturday on five counts and released on bail hours later.

The Miami Police Department released affidavit of arrest in which officers said Bartlett, 22, and others were arrested early on Saturday, and the rapper ended up in a brawl on the ground with police officers. One of the documents indicates that an officer who was attempting to handcuff Bartlett was repeatedly beaten.

The documents say Bartlett was aggressive as he resisted his arrest in downtown Miami. One of the officers said he ordered him and all the passengers in the car he was traveling in to get out of the vehicle to search them for guns, saying he suspected that they were carrying weapons because they had heard a passenger say that the vehicle was bulletproof.

The police department said it was reviewing the incident which will include examining all camera footage, saying the arrest was captured by multiple body-worn cameras. Police spokesman Michael Vega said he was also investigating several threats received against staff and facilities in response to the rapper’s arrest.

The Chicago-based artist had just released his new album “Hall of Fame” on Friday. His single “Rapstar” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April. His mother and manager said on Instagram that Polo G and his younger brother were driving in a secure car after an album release night.

The mother, Stacia Mac, posted a message on Facebook saying that she had linked Polo G and other people who were stopped at the same traffic stop. Prison records did not indicate a lawyer for the rapper.

In a tweet on Saturday, Mac slammed the police and said Polo G had “moved intelligently and correctly”.

“What more could he have done,” she wrote.

Hayley Miller of HuffPost contributed reporting.


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