Congressional Black Caucus Demand ASAP Rocky's Release From Swedish Prison
By Lauren Crawford
July 17, 2019
The Congressional Black Caucus has A$AP Rocky's back.
Earlier this week, TMZ caught up with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York who told the entertainment news site, the CBC — a caucus made up of mostly black members of the United States Congress — is working to get the 30-year-old rapper, who has been held in a Swedish detention facility since July 2, home.
"The situation with A$AP Rocky is unfortunate, it’s outrageous, it needs to be addressed," Rep. Jeffries said. "You can expect that members of Congress, particularly those of us who are a part of the Congressional Black Caucus, are going to continue to weigh in forcefully until A$AP Rocky is free."
He added, "there are certain members of Congress, including congressman Andre Carson of Indiana, [who] are working to make sure that we put the pressure on the State Department so that the State Department can reach out to the government of Sweden and we can turn this situation around as soon as possible. It's outrageous."
On Sunday (July 14), the U.S. Department of State released a statement in regards to Rocky's arrest. "There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns," read the statement per Politico. "We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see A$AP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon."
Swedish prosecutors have until Friday (July 19) to decide to charge Rocky or ask a court to let them hold him longer.
As previously reported, the "Pups" rapper was taken into police custody in Stockholm for his involvement in a street fight over two weeks ago. His arrest caused immediate outrage as the fight was caught on camera and shows that Rocky and his crew were not the aggressors in the situation. Not only that, but some reports have accused Swedish officials violating the rapper's legal rights since his arrest.
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