Lawsuit claims rapper Boosie targeted for shopping while black
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Hip-hop star Boosie BadAzz says he was pepper-sprayed by a mall guard in Mississippi because he's black, but the guard and police say otherwise.
The Sun Herald reported Thursday on pretrial testimony in Boosie's federal lawsuit. The celebrity entered a Dillard's store with about 20 onlookers during Biloxi's 2017 Black Beach Weekend. Biloxi officer Matt Howard says he was called to assist with the "unruly crowd."
Guard Glen Kerley says he pepper-sprayed Boosie's assistant, who he says clenched his fists after being asked to leave. Kerley and Howard say the group then attacked Kerley outside.
Testimony indicates that Kerley repeatedly pepper-sprayed Boosie. Tammy Cotton, who worked for Dillard's at the time, testified that Kerley was known for being aggressive to black shoppers.
A settlement meeting is set for Jan. 17.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
WANTED: Man accused of stealing pressure washer from Walmart
Tickets on sale Tuesday for highest-valued St. Jude Dream Home
One arrested in overnight assault on Victoria Dr.
Crews getting ready to dredge north side of False River
Hear from the heroes who pulled a woman from burning vehicle