Rapper Nasir Fard, who goes by Gillie Da King, posted an encounter he had with a Texas cop onboard a jet bridge while boarding his American Airlines flight at Dallas-Fort Worth. I find the encounter surprising…and instructive.
Black Rapper Gillie Da King Claims White Police Officer Hassled Him While Boarding His American Airlines Flight Due To His Race; Texas Marshal Claims He Smelled Like Marijuana
King shared the following video on his Instagram page:
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He captioned it:
“Plane full of white folks leaving Dallas and the only black man is ask does he have illegal narcotics in his bag 🤦🏾♂️ U pick the wrong ni$$a today buddy”
In the video, a white man wearing a badge around his neck, apparently a Texas Ranger, is standing on a jet bridge. King then says:
“You walk up on me and ask me if I have illegal drugs in my bag. What are you talking about?”
The ranger responded, “Sir, you searched your own bag.” King said he searched his own bag because the officer asked to check it. The marshal replied, “No, no, no, no, no. Don’t lie for the camera.”
“You walked up on me and picked me out. Get away from me. You picked me out for what? I’m probably the richest person on this plane.”
As King walked away, the marshal called out, “You smell like marijuana, and it’s illegal in Texas.”
King scoffed and walked away, calling out, “You picked the wrong one today.”
It’s an interesting exchange and I am frankly curious why the marshal backed down if he had the legal authority to interdict a passenger carrying illicit drugs (marijuana remains illegal in Texas and federally). Was he intimidated by the camera? And what’s up with the “richest person on the plane” comment? Are we supposed to be impressed by King?
There was one time a few years back that I accelerated quickly from a stop sign in my old Tesla. I was in Glendale, California and the cops pulled me over. I did not exceed the speed limit, but I got from zero to 40 mph in just about one second (the Model S P100D when from 0 to 60 in 2.3 seconds). The passenger next to me pulled out his phone and began recording the cop. It totally intimidated him…the guy just checked my license, handed it back to me, and walked away (not that he had any grounds to issue me a citation…).
See, I think the smell of marijuana is worse than most body odor and is about as bad as a soiled diaper. I also think Texas has a right to enforce its drug laws. Don’t like them? Don’t fly through Texas.
But if the marshal stopped King because he was black, then there is grounds for legal action (others are suing for similar allegations in Atlanta)…If the marshal stopped King because he reeked of marijuana and therefore he had reasonable suspicion King was carrying marijuana, then I see merely a regrettable situation, not an illegal (attempted) search.
But are cops so scared these days of appearing racist or violent that they will back down when pushed back upon? That’s quite instructive…and why I favor cops wearing body cams at all times while on duty. I also hope cops have better things to do than hassle passengers leaving their state. While “slave catcher” may be a bit too much, I wish cops would not be busybodies. If a loser wants to smoke pot and is not doing so openly…live and let live, or in this case, live and let’s fly.
This also reminds me of the encounter I had on the jet bridge in San Salvador…
A prominent black rapper pushed back against a Texas Marshal after being stopped for a “drug search” while boarding an American Airlines flight. When he was accused of smelling like marijuana, he scoffed at the cop and walked onboard. The marshal just let him go. If you were just going to let him go, why stop in the first place? It’s not a good look for the cop, no matter his intention. Or was the stop wrong in the first place?
(H/T: View From The Wing)