On October 24th, rapper Offset was stopped by police during an IG Live. He had over 35,000 live Instagram viewers at the time, and a Twitter video of the incident has since accumulated over half a million views.
He was driving through a Beverly Hills Trump rally on Saturday and was pulled over by police. At the start of the video we hear Offset yell about how police have their guns drawn, but the police respond by telling the rapper the reason he’s being pulled over was that guns were being waved at attendees of the rally from his vehicle.
“You got guns out! I’m not finna move my hand from my steering wheel,” said Offset. The unidentified female officer replied by saying, “We were told you guys were waving guns at people in the crowd.” The female officer is seen in the video with her firearm drawn, but not aimed at the rapper.
For the rest of the video, Offset threatens to have the officers sued until he’s eventually removed from the vehicle and cuffed without much physical resistance.
A few media reports originally claimed that Offset himself was arrested, but new information from the Beverly Hills Police Department explains that the only one arrested was 20-year-old Marcelo Almanzar, the cousin of Offset’s wife and passenger of the vehicle. Offset was only briefly detained before being let go while Almanzar was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm in public. Almanzar was released on bail set at $35,000.
Offset has been arrested a surprising amount of times in the past, but this wasn’t one of them.
When his rap group Migos started gaining popularity in 2013, He was incarcerated in DeKalb County jail for violating probation due to past felony convictions of burglary and theft. That’s as far back as we know about but the legal issues certainly don’t stop there.
In April 2015 he was charged with possession of narcotics, marijuana, a firearm in a school zone, and during the commission of a crime. He was denied bond and only a month later was charged with inciting a riot while in custody. He served eight months for this, was fined, received probation, and became banned from four different counties.
In March 2016 he was arrested for driving without a license but was released the next day.
In July 2018 he was pulled over for a tinted window and arrested after police found three handguns, marijuana, and over $100,000 cash in the vehicle. He was then convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm during a crime, possession of marijuana, and improper lane change.
Most recently he was arrested in January 2020 by LAPD after reports of someone walking around with a gun at the parking lot of The Grove.