When a rap group in Lake Jackson, Texas decided to film their latest video on New Year’s Day out in the real world, they had not fully anticipated the consequences. The shooting script called for the rappers to pose in front of a bank. With guns. While the script didn’t call for an armed response from the Lake Jackson Police Department, that’s exactly what they got.
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Call it a teachable moment. Tru Keezy [sic], the front man for the group, chose the bank as the location for the video depicting a fictitious crime scene. But when citizens of Lake Jackson saw men dressed all in black waving guns in front of the local lending establishment, they called the police.
The response was swift. “”They said, ‘Is anybody in the back?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ ‘Are there guns?’ ‘Yes, but they’re not loaded, I swear.’ ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground!,’”Keezy told the news crew sent to document the aftermath.
“They came back and said, ‘Get on the ground, get the (expletive) on the ground.’”
“It was a bad idea with a good reason,” Keezy said.
Responding officers wasted no time establishing control of the scene. They demanded the men drop their weapons and assume positions rarely seen in rap videos.
The men, whose weapons were real–but not loaded–complied with the officers’ requests and explained the whole incident had been a misunderstanding. The police recognized the validity of their statements, and the poor judgement that caused the kerfuffle, but no charges have been filed.
The group thanked the police for their commitment to civic order and promised they wouldn’t let their musical aspirations interfere with the welfare of the community in the future.
“With all the stuff that’s going on right now, man, we’re blessed not to be shot,” Keezy said.
“Thank you all for not shooting me, my bros. Next time, I promise you we’ll let you know if we’re going to do something like that,” Keezy said. “I amend [sic] y’all for standing by your badge.”