T.I. and The Game got into an intense standoff with gun-wielding LAPD early Wednesday after they mistakenly believed cops beat up their friends outside a Los Angeles nightclub, reports TMZ.
In video posted to the website, the rappers and several friends are seen confronting police officers after leaving the Supperclub and finding other acquaintances sporting injuries from an earlier altercation.
“Is this a crime scene?” T.I. can be heard saying. “Y’all got a lot of people to beat up. We got good lawyers!”
T.I. is also clearly heard gesturing and telling The Game and others to keep their distance from the police.
Angry voices are raised during several points in the tense exchange, and eventually you can hear someone yelling “Yo the police didn’t do it… security did!” At which point T.I. and The Game turn to seek out the attackers.
They soon find out that moments earlier at least two men described as “mutual acquaintances” of the rappers were denied entry into the club for unclear reasons, and ended up being pummeled by several members of security.
See the video below:
Early on in the fight, a man can be seen laying face-down on the ground while a member of security kicks him repeatedly. Later several guards struggle to restrain a man while pedestrians mill about and police sirens swirl in the background. “He goes to jail tonight!” a member of security shouts. Eventually the police arrive and take over.
According to TMZ, the two men were taken to LAPD’s Hollywood division but no charges were filed and they were released.
What do you think happened? Is is it smart for T.I. to be involved in this given his past legal troubles?
A Look Back: Rodney King & The L.A. Riots 20 Years Later
1. 1. 20 years later, this is the face of Rodney King. (Photo: AP)1 of 21
2. 2. A bystander, George Holliday, videotaped seven officers beating King. (AP)2 of 21
3. 3. This photo of Rodney King was taken three days after his videotaped beating. (AP)3 of 21
4. 4. A National Guardsman escorts a surfer off Venice Beach in Los Angeles in 1992. (AP)4 of 21
5. 5. A Black-owned Popeye's restaurant spared by the looters. (AP)5 of 21
6. 6. Smoke covers Los Angeles Thurday, April 30, 1992 as fires burn out of control. (AP)6 of 21
7. 7. Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton tours the devastation in L.A. (AP)7 of 21
8. 8. Damian Williams and Antoine Miller in court for beating a motorist. (AP)8 of 21
9. 9. Four Los Angeles residents who rescued truck driver Reginald Denny from his rig. (AP)9 of 21
10. 10. Two Korean men guard their store from would-be looters. (AP)10 of 21
11. 11. A fire burns out of control at the corner of 67th St. and West Blvd. (AP)11 of 21
12. 12. Police Officer Laurence Powell in court for trial in the beating of Mr. King. (AP)12 of 21
13. 13. Looters photographed during the LA Riots. (AP)13 of 21
14. 14. A Los Angeles police officer takes aim at a looter in a market in LA. (AP)14 of 21
15. 15. Looters mill in the parking lot of the ABC Market in South Central Los Angeles. (AP)15 of 21
16. 16. Police stand over a group of handcuffed looting suspects in Los Angeles. (AP)16 of 21
17. 17. Police officer gives the number one sign as he and other armed police patrol. (AP)17 of 21
18. 18. A looting suspect is taken into custody during the LA riots. (AP)18 of 21
19. 19. Looters run with stolen shoes from a Payless Shoestore during the LA riots. (AP)19 of 21
20. 20. A cross, flowers and a banner urging an end to violence. (AP)20 of 21
21. 21. King's beating on a L.A. street led to one of the worst race riots in U.S. history. (AP)21 of 21
(Photo Source: TMZ)