(AP) — Rapper Polo G
was arrested on charges of battery on a police
officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief.
According to jail records, the rapper, Taurus Bartlett, was arrested early Saturday on five charges and released on bond hours later.
The Miami Police Department released arrest affidavits in which officers stated that Bartlett, 22, and others were pulled over early Saturday, and the rapper ended up in a struggle on the ground with officers, with one document claiming that an officer attempting to handcuff Bartlett was struck multiple times.
According to the documents, Bartlett was aggressive while resisting arrest in downtown Miami, and one of the officers said he ordered him and all the passengers in the car he was traveling in to get out of the vehicle so he could pat them down for firearms after hearing a passenger claim the vehicle was bulletproof.
The police department said it was investigating several threats made against personnel and facilities in response to the rapper's arrest, which included examining all camera footage. Police spokesman Michael Vega said the arrest was captured on several body-worn cameras.
Polo G and his younger brother were riding in a car with security
after an album release party, according to his mother and manager on Instagram
. Polo G's newest album "Hall of Fame
" was released on Friday, and his single "Rapstar" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Stacia Mac, the rapper's mother, posted a message on Facebook
saying she had bonded out Polo G and other people
arrested in the same traffic stop. The rapper's attorney was not listed in jail records.
Mac criticized the cops in a tweet on Saturday, saying Polo G was "moving
smartly and correctly."
“What could he have done more?” she pondered.
None of these charges would be possible if the POLICE did not contact my son Polo G!!! He was NOT the driver. He was a PASSENGER in a professionally licensed vehicle with security. He was moving smartly and correctly. What more could he have done? https://t.co/pXSgxP0ukz
— Stacia.mac (@StaciaMac1) June 12, 2021
Hayley Miller of Stardia provided reporting assistance.