This seems like the police were targeting Tito Burney and searching for any reason to arrest him. Watch the video at the bottom of the page.
A reputed Florida gang member is facing a felony charge for uploading a homemade rap video to YouTube, court records show.
Tito Burney is a member of St. Petersburg’s Auburn Park crew, according to police who Tuesday arrested the 26-year-old on multiple felony counts. Burney, seen below, is locked up on an $80,000 bond.
Arrested for Posting a Video to YouTube!
Citing a law barring “criminal gang electronic communication,” police collared Burney for posting “Aint Duckin No Rec” to YouTube in mid-February. The 2:21 rap song, which has been viewed about 2100 times and has garnered four comments, is one of three videos on Burney’s YouTube page (which has 237 subscribers).
Police allege that the song contains lyrics that “are being utilized to benefit, promote, or further the interests of the Auburn Park gang” and “intimidate or harass other persons.”
Specifically, a police detective in an arrest affidavit noted that Burney rapped about handling “beef” with firearms and spoke of “doing a drive by shooting” with a TEC-9 submachine gun.
In the video, which was filmed outside a St. Petersburg food market, Burney–who is wearing a balaclava and a Lacoste t-shirt–“appears to be holding real firearms,” Detective Michael Bletsch alleged.
When Burney was apprehended Tuesday evening on the rap video count, he was allegedly carrying a stolen Beretta handgun, which allowed cops to charge him with three additional felonies.
Burney’s rap sheet includes convictions for criminal mischief; grand theft auto; possession of drug paraphernalia; obstructing police; trespass; heroin possession; fleeing law enforcement; Ecstasy possession; and firearms possession by a convicted felon.
Tito Burney’s YouTube video has been removed but you can watch it below.
Tito Burney may be a bad dude but that doesn’t mean he should’ve been arrested for uploading a YouTube video.
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