Harlem born rapper A$AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden after being involved in a fight with a drunk man. A$AP was reportedly arrested after a show on July 2 and has been held in a Stockholm jail ever since.
A petition has been started to get Rocky released from what TMZ reported was “shockingly inhumane conditions — feces hurled about and not cleaned up, wretched food and facilities that are not fit for human beings.” Many Twitter users feel that the arrest was racist in nature because Rocky and members of his entourage were allegedly defending themselves when the fight broke out.
The petition claims that Rocky and his entourage were forced to defend
themselves “after two men followed, harassed and physically assaulted them in
Rocky reportedly surrendered to local authorities on July 2, when he “and
his colleagues were arrested on-site,” the petition said. They were ultimately
ordered to be kept in detention during a mandatory two-week investigation. As a
result, Rocky has missed multiple tour dates as a result amid allegations that
Swedish authorities were preventing him from meeting with American diplomatic
officials. “Upon being detained, Rocky was denied his request to counsel which
is in violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,
to which Sweden is a signatory,” the petition said.
“On Monday, July 8th, we filed an appeal with the Swedish Supreme Court to
have Rocky released from the inhumane conditions and the clear violation of
human rights,” the petition said. “They rejected the filing, which means Rocky
will remain in prison for two weeks. The conditions of the facility are
horrific. Some of the inhumane conditions Rocky and his colleagues are facing
at the Stockholm Detention Center include 24/7 solitary confinement,
restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, access to
palatable and life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions.”
The investigation, which doesn’t necessarily have to end after two weeks,
will determine whether Rocky will go to trial.
Sign the petition here.