Trey Songz’s Lawyer Argues Singer Was Referencing N.W.A’s “F*!k Tha Police” Lyrics, Not Threatening Detroit Cops in Court
This past December, Trey Songz was arrested for aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer during a concert in Detroit. Around that same time, Trigga uploaded a Snapchat video of himself uttering the words, "Fuck the police," and now, Detroit's local Fox affiliate reports Wayne County Judge Lawrence Talon has ruled the video can be used in the court case against him. To combat the effects of the video, Trey's lawyer is arguing he was actually referencing the classic N.W.A song "Fuck Tha Police."
After Judge Talon asks Trigga's lawyer to explain the meaning of the phrase "Fuck the police," the defense attorney launches into his argument. "Your honor, actually, it's popular rap music from the 1980s made by N.W.A. It's the lyrics to a song, so what really is the meaning of 'Fuck the police?'" he explains.
He continues, "Is it saying that I'm going to punch a police officer five days later in Detroit when I don't know that I'm going to have contact with the police? It does not, it just simply says, 'Fuck the police,' that's it and nothing more."
In videos of his performance at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 28, 2016, we see Trey growing frustrated with the venue, and he eventually begins destroying some of his stage equipment. In the chaos, an officer was allegedly hit with a microphone stand, and now, a prosecutor is trying to use Trigga's profane video—where he says "Fuck the police" and "Fuck the MGM"— as evidence that he'd attack an officer of the law.
Trigga and his defense claim he uploaded his Snapchat videos five days prior to his Detroit concert, claiming he'd just been kicked out of MGM National Harbor, which is a casino, for being "unruly."
Somewhat ironically, Detroit police told N.W.A they weren't allowed to perform "Fuck Tha Police" during a 1989 show at the Joe Louis Arena, claiming it could incite violence. When they performed the track anyway, police jumped onto the stage and arrested them.
Although the meaning and context of Trey's uttering the words "Fuck the police" on camera could prove to be a big factor in his court case, ABC's Detroit affiliate reports his lawyer argues it's ultimately not about that at all.
"The issue isn't whether he said 'Fuck the police,' recited an N.W.A rap song or anything else," he said. "The question is whether he resisted arrest and obstructed a police officer causing an injury. In the particular video he's not even resisting."
A court date for this case has been set for September. See footage of Trigga's court appearance and the video compilation of profane Snapchat videos below.
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