The father of a Hampton-area 18-year-old says his son should never have made the rap music video that resulted in his being taken into custody and facing criminal charges.
His statement may be something of an understatement, but it does reflect the father's awareness that the apparent evidence the video provides to authorities is not something to be taken lightly. It's clear that mounting a strong defense may take the skills of an experienced attorney.
The 18-year-old suspect is only one of three individuals that police in Hampton have arrested and charged in connection with an investigation into a locally produced music video. Officials say other two Hampton males, ages 17 and 15, also are facing charges and say more arrests may be coming as the investigation continues.
The charges these youths face are not the typical possession of alcohol charges that we might expect for a juvenile case.
These appear to be more serious. Officials say the 15-year-old suspect has been booked on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a minor. The 17-year-old is accused of trespassing. The 18-year-old faces allegations of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possessing stolen property.
All of the charges reportedly stem from the rap video. According to WAVY-TV, the weapons charge has to do with images in the video in which guns are brandished and pointed at the camera. The trespassing accusation reportedly relates to the fact that video images can be traced to a Hampton Boys and Girls Club. The delinquency allegation apparently has to do with a shot in the video showing a person holding what appears to be a bottle of liquor.
A vehicle in the video may be what's behind the possession of stolen property accusation. Police say the vehicle fits the description of a car that was stolen in Newport News in March. But at the time this was written, officials said they had not confirmed that the car seen was the stolen vehicle.
Source: WAVY-TV, "Teens charged after police discover music video," Liz Palka, April 1, 2014