Rapper Polo G leaves jail after being accused of assaulting a Miami police officer

MIAMI – American rapper Polo G, whose real name is Taurus Bartlett, was arrested early Saturday morning in Miami on multiple charges.

The prison records show that Bartlett, 22, is charged with assaulting a police officer, threatening an officer, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence and criminal mischief.

According to his arrest report, a Miami police officer stopped a black Cadillac that Bartlett was in in the area of ​​South Biscayne Boulevard and Southeast First Street.

According to police, the vehicle had darkened windows and the driver was asked to lower his window.

“No for what? Why do I have to lower my window?” According to the report, the driver reacted.

Bull “Polo G” Bartlett. (Miami Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Police said the vehicle was occupied by several men, including one who said, “This vehicle is bulletproof. That’s why we don’t let the windows down. “

Authorities said the group was then asked if they had guns in the car and they started looking at each other nervously but did not answer.

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According to the report, all occupants were ordered out of the vehicle so officers could do a body touch to ensure the group did not have any firearms or weapons with them.

According to the police, most of the men got out of the car and yelled and yelled at the officers.

But officials said Bartlett became “increasingly verbally aggressive” and refused to get out of the car.

“F *** you. What the hell do I have to get out of the vehicle for? ”The rapper is said to have told them.

Police said Bartlett was removed from the car and brought to the ground by officers after fighting back, flexing his arms and throwing his body from side to side.

According to the report, the rapper hit and elbowed one of the officers several times during the fight, causing the officer several injuries, including a cut in the upper right forehead area, a cut in the right chin area and a swollen and slightly injured right cheek.

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“I’ll kill you. I swear I’ll use those fists to beat you up and knock you down,” Bartlett told the officer, according to the report.

The cell phone video posted on Twitter by @ raphousetv2 shows a woman believed to be the rapper’s mother yelling at police officers after her son was arrested.

“All this for two boys? Where are my sons? … please, film all this shit! ”Screams the woman and points to a lot of police vehicles that are parked at the scene. “For two damn kids with no damn guns!”

However, authorities say that two firearms were actually found inside the vehicle in a black bag, although it is unclear who the guns belonged to.

Police said Bartlett repeatedly kicked the interior door panels of a police car while it was being transported to the police station.

The artist’s mother and manager said he was stopped after an album release party.

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She tweeted to the police later that morning, asking to know where her sons are.

Bartlett was discharged from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center late Saturday afternoon. The rapper, who refused to speak to reporters, wore a jacket over his head and was driven away in a black SUV.

Police said several other people who were with the rapper had been arrested for various offenses including driving with a revoked driver’s license, driving without a valid driver’s license, resisting a non-violent officer, and disorderly behavior / violation of the peace.

Authorities said the incident was captured using body-worn cameras and public security cameras.

“The department has initiated a review of this incident, which includes a review of all camera footage to ensure compliance with the ministry’s guidelines and laws,” said a police department press release. “The department has also opened an investigation into several threats unknown to our staff and facilities in response to Mr. Bartlett’s arrest.”

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Polo G was born and raised in Chicago and released his debut album “Die a Legend” in 2019. He had 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including his 2021 single “Rapstar”, which debuted at number 1 on the Hot 100.

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