HASH(0xb4afbc)

Pepper spray, assault arrests, follow rapper’s shopping trip

Pepper spray, assault arrests, follow rapper's shopping trip

JACKSON, Miss. — At first, it was a rap star on a spring break shopping jaunt on a Mississippi Sunday afternoon. Then, cellphone video shows a security guard pepper spraying rapper Boosie Badazz and his entourage after he told them to leave the Polo Ralph Lauren section of a department store. Finally, police say it was five people attacking the security guard and a Biloxi police officer outside the department store moments later.

Biloxi Police Lt. Christopher De Back said three men face felony assault charges, while two juveniles were also arrested after the mall melee, sparked by what officers said was a disorderly crowd following the rapper.

Formerly known as Lil Boosie, he had performed in Biloxi Saturday night. The Mississippi Gulf Coast was crowded with what police said were as many as 60,000 tourists attending Black Beach Weekend, an annual magnet for young African-Americans from throughout the South. Edgewater Mall, where the incident took place, is a focus for crowds.

De Back said the guard pepper sprayed at least one person as he sought to eject a crowd from a Dillard’s department store. De Back said he didn’t know if the Louisiana rapper, born Torence Hatch, was sprayed, but cellphone videos posted by local media show Boosie within a few feet of the officer when he sprays the chemical agent.

After the crowd exited the store, De Back said people “who appeared to be with Lil Boosie” attacked the security guard and a Biloxi police officer who waded in, knocking both to the ground and kicking and punching them.

Boosie was present during the assault, but didn’t participate, De Back said.

Police said the assailants left in a van and were arrested a short time later about 4 miles away in Biloxi.

Charged with felony assault are 19-year-old Ivy Givens of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 32-year-old Sedale Coleman of Tucker, Georgia; and 26-year-old Patrick Tolbert of Mobile, Alabama. Givens and Coleman were released from the Harrison County jail Monday after posting $50,000 bail. Tolbert remains jailed unless he posts bail.

Police also arrested the van’s driver, 33-year-old Ollie Harper of Atlanta, on charges of possessing a stolen gun. Harper also remains jailed pending $50,000 bail.

It’s unclear if any of the men have attorneys to speak for them.

De Back said police also arrested two 17-year-old juveniles from Baton Rouge. While the three men and one juvenile are charged with assaulting both the guard and the officer, one juvenile is charged with only assaulting the officer.

Dillard’s and the mall didn’t respond to requests for comment from local media. Management for Boosie did not respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

___

Follow Jeff Amy at: http://twitter.com/jeffamy . Read his work at https://www.apnews.com/search/JeffAmy .

Jeff Amy, The Associated Press

Just Posted

22 teams compete in Sweetheart Curling Bonspiel

From February 9 to 11, the Sparwood Curling Club hosted it’s annual… Continue reading

Political theatre shines light on womens issues

The Vagina Monologues returned to Fernie last weekend for the second time,… Continue reading

Local rink heading to curling provincials

The Mens Masters East-West playdown took place in Sparwood from February 2-4.… Continue reading

Kootenay East MLA reacts to Throne Speech

Tom Shypitka says speech falls short of intended mark.

Specialist shortage affecting elective surgeries

East Kootenay Regional Hospital recruiting additional anesthetists

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Calgary man dies in Mexico following sudden illness

Troy Black was with his wife, Lindsay, in Puerto Vallarta when he began vomiting blood on Thursday

Virtue and Moir break their own world record

Virtue and Moir break short dance record to sit first in ice dance at Olympics

Trump gets angry about election meddling, but not at Russia

‘Weirdest thing’: Trump expresses anger, but not over Russian election-meddling

New doping charge could hurt Russia’s chance at reinstatement

Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky.

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192M weekend

In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million.

Canada wins gold in bobsleigh

Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz tied for first in two-man event at 2018 Winter Olympics

VIDEO: Protesters rally for affordable housing ahead of B.C. budget

Residents call on province to keep locals housed

Most Read