In today's #LivingWhileBlack news, Atlanta-based rapper T.I. made a bold attempt to re-enter his gated community, but upon realizing he had misplaced his keys, an argument ensued with a security guard who refused to grant him access to his own Henry County neighborhood.
His attorney insists that he was wrongfully arrested after returning to the Eagle's Landing Country Club community around 4 a.m.
T.I. - whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr. - is no stranger to crime, but he changed his life around and has mostly stayed away from legal trouble after serving several stints in federal prison. T.I. asked the guard, according to police, WSB-TV reported.
"Words were exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor called the police", Sadow continued. The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse.
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"Tip was wrongfully arrested early this morning when he attempted to gain entrance into his gated community - where his wife Tiny' and his family reside".
"The guard continued to refuse entry without justification", Sadow said in a statement, referring to T.I.as Tip. Fortunately T.I. put the arrest behind him quickly as he was able to make it from Henry County jail straight home for Major's birthday party. It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard. T.I. said that while it was a "very heated debate", it wasn't physical, though the guard "may have been hurt by my words". Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry. The rapper contacted his wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, who confirmed that her husband should be allowed inside the community.
Sadow claims police did not want to hear from T.I.'s side and arrested his client. He said. "With all we done been through man, this is small potatoes, man".
His friend, Marquinarius Holmes, 40, of Stockbridge, was arrested on outstanding charges out of Clayton County and for not having proof of vehicle insurance, the sheriff's office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He told the site law enforcement in the area were "white cops in a very white area".