The video of Fuse ODG being assaulted by British police on cannabis possession has sparked fury online.
Nana Richard Abiona, popularly known as Fuse ODG, an award-winning Ghanaian singer based in the United Kingdom, has uploaded a video exposing how he was harassed about three months ago over false charges of possession of hard narcotics.
In the said video, Fuse ODG and his business partner, Andre Hacket, who were said to be returning from a meeting were stopped and besieged by four officers from the Metropolitan police in Brixton, South London.
During the struggle to arrest them, the police demanded to search their car on suspicion of possession of illicit drugs.
The officers ignored Fuse’s demands to see their search warrant and rather kept him in handcuffs.
The musician was dragged to a bus where he demanded an explanation for being treated like a criminal.
Stating their reasons to search the car, the police said they perceived a smell of cannabis as soon as they approached their plush Range Rover Evoque.
Explaining why the musician was kept in handcuffs, the officers said it was to prevent both parties from being harmed.
However, after a thorough search of their vehicle, no traces of drugs were found.
This development has somewhat stirred the discussion of racism on Twitter with scores of netizens, condemning the police’s conduct.
“Two black men with dreads in a Range Rover = cannabis? Smh Ridiculous,” a tweep reacted.
“It’s a crime being a black-skinned cruising a luxurious ride thinking you couldn’t afford this ride without doing illegal deals just irks me. You ask for arrest warrant and they tryna manhandle you gosh!” said another.
Fuse ODG releases video of intense situation with British Police who dragged him out of his car for claims of possession of Cannabis pic.twitter.com/cIiedlEA1e
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