Don’t you hate it when you lose your keys and the security guard won’t let you into your own gated community? Ok, most of us probably don’t get to deal with the security guard part, but regardless, when it’s 4:30 in the morning, all you want to do is go to bed after a night out. Instead of his cozy bed, rapper T.I. had to settle for a jail cell after he was arrested while attempting to enter his own gated community. His attorney is calling it a wrongful arrest.
Lost Keys and a Sleeping Guard
According to media reports, Clifford Harris (a.k.a. T.I. or Tip) lost his keys and couldn’t get into his gated community around 4:30 a.m. on May 16. His attorney says the security guard at the community’s guard house was asleep at the time, and that it took “some time to wake [him].” Once he was awake, T.I. says the guard refused to let him enter even after the rapper called his wife who confirmed that he should be allowed in.
Lawyer Calls Arrest ‘Wrongful’
T.I. allegedly confronted the guard, and after the guard or a supervisor called the police, the rapper was arrested on simple assault, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness charges. His attorney says that police were not interested in hearing the artist’s side of the story and instead “wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip.”
Rapper’s Community Involvement
Despite two stints in prison for gun and drug charges, T.I. hasn’t had run-ins with the law in years. According to reports, he’s been involved in community programs and serves as an adviser to Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottom. He’s also participated in marches to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and to protest officer-involved shootings of African-Americans.
If you’ve been arrested, whether wrongfully or not, it’s crucial to request an attorney as early on in the process as possible to safeguard your rights.