Upon returning from a trip to France and Finland, rapper Wiz Khalifa was tackled and handcuffed Saturday afternoon after abstaining from dismounting his ‘hoverboard’ per U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer’s orders. The North Dakota artist was presumably either asked to stop riding the device or step off so it could be screened for security purposes. After being quickly released from custody, Wiz began tweeting about the incident, starting off with a casual “Haven’t been slammed and cuffed in a while. That was fun.”
The rapper, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, followed up on the handcuffing with several more tweets and a few videos. One video shows him arguing with a small crowd of officers saying “This? I didn’t do nothing, anyway. What you want to do? Put me in jail because I didn’t listen to what you say? We can have all the conversations you want to, you can end up on TMZ, destined to become as famous as you wanna be.”
One would assume Wiz isn’t aware that refusing the lawful order of a police officer is an arrestable offense.
A second video posted on his instagram shows Khalifa on the ground, surrounded by officers, with at least three of them yelling at him to “stop resisting” as they put his hands behind his back and rig his cuffs. The rapper can be heard saying “I’m not resisting, sir” over the commotion, and later captioned the video with “3 cops yell stop resisting. Only thing to do is let em know. I’m not resisting, I’m doin what I want.”
The performer continued to detail the incident in his usual refined nature in a series of tweets and captions:
“All because I didn’t want to ditch the technogy everyone will be using in the next 6 months. Do what you want kids.”
“What’s even funnier than them not bein able to do shit is they’ll be riding them soon as well. Maybe ones I design.”
“I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards so if you don’t like it eat a d*ck!”
To dispel any potential confusion, I feel I should note that this of course isn’t the hoverboard of the Back to the Future variety as that technology is still very early in development, but instead is a battery-powered two-wheeled board which the user stands on that allows them to virtually ‘hover’ along the ground. It’s more like a handle-less segway than it is a hoverboard, but regardless it seems rappers have been getting in quite a bit of trouble over these devices in the past year.
In July, fellow rapper Young Thug was kicked out of the Atlanta mall for riding a ‘hoverboard’, which lead to Thug issuing life-threatening threats to the mall-cop who escorted him out. His house was then raided later by U.S. Marshals and he was arrested because of ‘terroristic threats’.
I don’t know what it is about these ‘hoverboards’ that make rappers as well as authorities get so defensive, but something tells me this won’t be the last time a story like this takes place. What do you think? Should Wiz have just stepped off his scooter when the authorities asked him, or were they out of line to have resorted to handcuffs over such a small offence?