Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tank's People Release A Statement Regarding Police Brutality Incident


R&B artist Tank (Durrell Babbs) was a victim of police brutality in New Orleans on Sunday, February 17, 2008...
The incident is under investigation and more detailed information is forthcoming.
Around 1:30 am on Sunday night a cheerful Tank departed from The House of Blues in search for his driver. Unfamiliar with the area of New Orleans, the Los Angeles resident asked security for directions to Iberville; where his driver was parked. Tank and a business associate, Ira Dewitt, followed the directions given. Briskly walking down the cold streets, Tank proceeded to turn the corner as directed by the previous officer. As he identified the whereabouts of his car he was halted by a New Orleans Police Officer who demanded he turn around and go a different direction to get to his car.In an attempt to gain understanding and calm the tension, Tank assured the officer that they were not a threat; they only wanted to get to the car. With the vehicle in plain sight and one block away, Tank attempted to negotiate clearance for him and his business colleague to quickly walk to their driver. A snappy black Police officer told Tank he didn’t owe him any explanation and that he made himself clear. In an effort to find an alternate route to get to the vehicle, three white officers re-approached Tank questioning his actions. In disbelief, Tank asked them to explain in detail what they wanted. He was immediately pushed up against the wall with one arm on the wall and one arm bent behind his back, being held by the white officer, an aggravated officer repeatedly asked for Tank to put his other arm up on the wall as well. Repeatedly Tank told the officer he could not release his other arm pinned behind his back. The officer then proceeded to shoot Tank at point blank range with a taser gun. Thrust to the ground with pain, the officers warned Tank to never mess with the law in New Orleans. Tank was taken to the University Hospital; after being discharged the victim was immediately then taken to jail by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and charged with disturbing the peace, public drunkenness and resisting and obstructing an officer. “Tank has engaged the services of the Law Office of Bernard L. Charbonnet, Jr. in connection with the incident that occurred in New Orleans during the most recent NBA All Star activities. As this matter is currently under investigation, we are unable to comment as to the circumstances surrounding this representation at this time. However, my firm intends to vigorously protect his interest as we do for all of our clients,” confirmed Attorney Benard Charbonnet.In an effort to celebrate the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans and join the annual celebration of NBA All-Star, this was the last thing the R&B star expected. “The most frustrating part of the entire incident is knowing that I did not do anything to pose a threat but was treated like a criminal. With a clean-cut image and a lady by my side, the law took matters into their own hands and chose to endanger my safety and those accompanying me. It’s 2008 and New Orleans is still very much in trouble beyond the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I’m a living witness,” says a disgruntle Tank.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Should've turned your ass around. Why risk getting a beat down by the po po? They don't give a shit about your r&b staus.

2thick4u said...

I hope that this situation brings light to how people are treated in New Orleans.

This cops are trigger happy and think that just because they have a badge they can do anything.

This is very sad and I hope that he sues their ass!!!

BronxStateOfMind said...

One person trying to get around pissy cops.......homey should have just took a walk and caught a cab.

Anonymous said...

yall know how it goes,,the white cops will get suspended with full pay while being investigated,they will b found not guilty cuz its the white officers word againts a black couple which ='s we lose,,then its back to work like it neva happened with a promotion

Chitown Babi said...

He sounds so retarded. Why would he need clarification on a COP telling him,,"you can't go this way"?
The law took the matters into their own hands?? LOL,, Umm thats what the law does!
What if it was a bomb or a sniper?
Its obvious there was danger.Thats why the cops said go the other way.
He could not have called his driver and told the driver, Yo man pull to the next corner.
He's a dumb ass!

Anonymous said...

^^^^^I second your opinion. For as long as I'v been around, you get the police 50 feet if you are not their person of interest, and actually even more then, but when did people start having inquisitve conversations with them. Even when you think that your celebrity status makes you above the law, common sense must no fail and abandon you. Taze should have considered the following:
1. N.O has long been known for it't racial tension and police brutality.
2. N.O. has long been known for disorderly niggas acting up.
3. Things have only worsened since Katrina.
4. They never want us herds in any city, especially for and urban event such as ALL-STAR.
5. All that crooning hasn't lightened that complexion in the early morning hours with that drunken slur I'm sure he had, they couldn't decipher between him, Li' Wayne, Quincy Jones or your average goon.
JUST MY OPINION.

Anonymous said...

^^^^give them 50 feet. My bad.

Anonymous said...

^^^ in herds. ^^^and in the early morning. GuesS I shoulda proofread before I shot it thru. LOL!

Anonymous said...

There has been a shooting!!!

Cops aint got time to escort you or let you walk through a crime scene to your car!!!

Turn around and go the other way means TURN THE FUCK AROUND NOW!!!

Problem is some niggas love drama.

My momma done taught me when I was in grade school. "You see a fight, cross the street or go the opposite way, circle the block in the opposite direction if you have to."

Not raising me to be pussy but I bet all them dumb niggas that said "Oh a fight" , went to spectate and got they wig pushed back by a stray bullet wish they mama taught them some common sense.

Princess_London said...

Let me get this straight... Your walking down the street the police asks u to do something and you refuse.. Now they got guns and u got lip chap and u decide u gone do what u wana do? Ngga if you dont turn yo BIG eyebrows around and go the other way!!

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Anonymous said...

Guilty of being a Black man at the scene of a crime.
Like Ice Cube said: "Who got the camera?"

Anonymous said...

Tank has people...shit if that's the case I should have people too.

Caribbean Goddess said...

What happened to the story about a shooting. Nothing was written about that here but it was in the first story. Something is not right. If the police advised him not to proceed down a spesific street because there was a shooting, he should have went into another direction.

If they allowed him to walk down the street and if another shooting took place. Let's say that Mr. Tank got shot. He could have sued the NOPD.

There are so many cases of police brutality but I do not think that it was in this case.

Anonymous said...

he was suppose to ask for clear instructions,,the first black cop gave him directions and thats the path he was on, then the white cops run up and say sumthihng different, i wuda been like damn, r yall givin me a hard time and the black cop was str8 up wit me? ,,,but yeah, what celeb walks to their car, thats how u get got, thats y u hava driver, call em when u ready and he drives to you,,duh,,walk 2 ya driver, now dats funny

Anonymous said...

I had my lips pursed to defend this fool. HOWEVER. Don't try to take this to trial because if I'm on the jury you would surely lose just by YOUR OWN STATEMENT THAT YOU RELEASED. Peep this: Around 1:30 am on Sunday night a cheerful Tank departed from The House of Blues in search for his driver.Unfamiliar with the area of New Orleans, the Los Angeles resident asked security for directions to Iberville; where his driver was parked. Translation: In the wee hours of the morning a drunk black man was so fucked up he didn't know where the hell he was to tell his driver to come and get him. Proceed. As he identified the whereabouts of his car he was halted by a New Orleans Police Officer who demanded he turn around and go a different direction to get to his car.In an attempt to gain understanding and calm the tension, Tank assured the officer that they were not a threat; they only wanted to get to the car. With the vehicle in plain sight and one block away, Tank attempted to negotiate clearance for him and his business colleague to quickly walk to their driver. Translation: Not only was this fool drunk, lost and in the company of poor association, he also had the audacity to loud mouth the officer who told him he didn't give a fuck if he was R&B royalty or the King himself, but to STEP THE FUCK BACK AND GO THE OTHER WAY OR I'M GONNA KICK YOUR ASS! His Drunkeness decided he was going to go the way the officer told him not to go whether by sneaking, arrogance or sheer stupidity and got the fuck shut down along with a new electrical stimulation therapy. Please, Tank, just pay the stupid fine, chalk it up as being on the C-list of fame, tell the judge you're sorry and will do some charity gigs for the kids and PUSH THE HELL ON! YOUR LAWYER AND THAT DAMN BOTTLE IS EGGING YOU ON. THEY'RE LYING!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

HE ACT LIKE A ROOKIE DEALIN WITH THA COPS COME ON EVERY KNOWS WHA GO DOWN. I GOT BEAT UP BY 3 COPS FOR MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

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Anonymous said...

ANON 12:18 SAID...
he was suppose to ask for clear instructions,,the first black cop gave him directions and thats the path he was on,.....

He wasn't suppose to ask for SHIT!!! He was clearly told by his own admission that he was told to take another route to get to the car. But OH NO! He wants to use his celebrity to "get to the care that is in plain sight and one block away". He's lucky he only ended up with a bruised ego, a couple of prong marks in his ass and a night in the tank to sweat out that YAK! YAK WILL GET YOU EVERYTIME!!!! smdh

Anonymous said...

I HEARD DAT NIGGA WAS SHAKING ON DA GROUND HOLLERIN' "IT AINT WORTH IT"

Lady Di said...

Somethings missing from this story if he admits early on to being told there was a shooting in the area they wanted to walk. Sounds like

a) somebody should have a cell phone to call their drivers vs walking all over goodness knows where

b) have a cell phone and call somebody to get your celebrityness out of where ever he was with said associate.

I forgot who "Tank" is anyhow and maybe this story will be forgotten as well.

Anonymous said...

As this matter is currently under investigation, we are unable to comment as to the circumstances surrounding this representation at this time.

They just gave out all that damn info and now he says that... Oh please I would have tased his ass too, what does the officers race have to do with anything. He should have took his dumb ass the other way, end of story.

Anonymous said...

Another thing is when the hell did the cops allow people to walk through a crime scene investagation and destroy evidence??? There could have been shell casings all over the damn place, hell there could have been anything, DNA, shoe prints anything. Like they're really gonna allow this negro to walk his ass into a CRIME scene, GTFOH.....

Anonymous said...

You know how entertainers are when they in the company of chicks....frontin...got his a.. zapped...he know how the police are in any city...and if he from Los Angeles, he know good and darn well what the deal is...

Anonymous said...

"law took matters into their own hands"

Last time I checked the law had a hand that said, if you don't comply, you will get in big big big trouble.

This idiot got what he deserved. It is crazy that he thinks he is so "above the law" that he can just do whatever he wants.

Anonymous said...

no Tank, you were endangering your own safety by trying to walk through a CRIME SCENE! when you see the police blocking off something, you dont go thru it thats it! who doesnt know that? its not even like they told him he cant get the car, they wanted him to go the roundabout way. Dont he have money for a cab or something anyway?
@11:15am
that same advice kept me out a lot of mess. mind yo dam business and walk away! to many people run to it and want to get involved all hyped cause they seen some trouble.

Anonymous said...

Somebody up in this motherfucker has a big ass wig on. I won't call names...
On to Tank, if this shit is authentic, he and his publicist sound like fucking idiots.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^
Aww come on, damn it it's only 3 females and one has braids so who you talkin about lol.....

halile said...

stay out of police business way you fool, police aint got time to argue with you when they wondering if anyone going to come back and fire on their asses, he better be glad hes ass didnt get shot......

Anonymous said...

'Tank's people" could use a good editor.

Anonymous said...

^^^Exactly! Let's hope this was a hoax.

Anonymous said...

thanks anon @ 1:44. Not since Sanford and son had we had such good translations.

Anonymous said...

I've experienced every racist cop in New Jersey as a young kid. I have no smart ass comment for this one. It truly does hurt knowing these are the people who are supposed to protect you. Not in his case. Good luck Tank.

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