Rapper Gets Two Years Of Jail For Song on MySpace: ‘Kill Me A Cop’
A Lakeland, Florida rapper who goes by the name T.O. born Antavio Johnson, 20, has been sentenced to two years in jail for his rap song “Kill Me A Cop” after venting his thoughts via a music song found on Myspace, which Lakeland authorities felt was a threatening rap song.
Reportedly after Polk County gang detectives found a song on a MySpace music profile which belonged to Hood Certified Entertainment earlier this year, the rapper was then charged with two counts of corruption by threat of a public servant.
Johnson, who was already in prison at the time that the song was found because he was serving time on a parole violation for cocaine possession charges, claims he wrote the song because police were harassing him and others.
Antavio Johnson was charged with the two counts of corruption by threat because he referred to two Lakeland police officers by name in his song. Johnson made mentions of Sheriff Grady Judd and the 2006 killing of deputy Matt Williams and his K-9 DioGi.
Daniel Barajas, 27, founder of Hood Certified Entertainment made claims that he was the party behind posting the song and it was his mistake because he did not realize Johnson mentioned the names of the officers.
On July 24, 2009, Johnson pleaded no contest to the charges and is now serving 2 years in prison on the charges.
Meanwhile, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is contemplating attempting to overturn the charges due to believing that Antavio Johnson’s First Amendment rights may have been violated.