Cops sue Afroman after raiding his house? You might think it would be the other way around. But this story is wild.
Afroman of course is best known for his 2000 smash hit “Because I Got High.” It was an anthem of the Y2K summer. It’s become a go-to for stoners and marijuana enthusiasts for over two decades now. And the song was even nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. It put Afroman on the map. And when you’re on the map, sometimes bad things can happen.
Such was the case late last year. Afroman (real name Joseph Forman) had his Ohio home raided by the Adams County Sherriff’s Office. The officers showed up to Forman’s home with a warrant for drug trafficking and kidnapping. They kicked in his gate, they barged into his house, rifling through personal belongings and making a general mess. To channel the anger, frustration, and helplessness he was left with, Afroman used security footage of the raid to create two music videos: “Lemon Pound Cake” and “Will You Help Me Repair My Door.”
Of course, the clip went viral and the story was picked up by news outlets around the world. Turns out the officers of the Adams County Sherriff’s Office aren’t too happy about that.
Cops Sue Afroman After Music Video of Their Raid Goes Viral
The Associated Press is reporting that seven of the officers are suing Afroman for improper use of security footage in the making of his music videos. The report goes on to say that the footage used in the video has caused them “emotional distress, embarrassment, ridicule, loss of reputation and humiliation.”
Look, I’m sure it has. But I’d argue that the emotional distress that comes from having your home raided by mistake and your belongings tossed is probably a bit more emotionally distressing. But hey, that’s just my take.