Members of Congressional Black Caucus Demand ASAP Rocky's Release From Swedish Detention Center
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have made it clear they're going to do everything they can to expedite ASAP Rocky's release.
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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have made it clear they're going to do everything they can to expedite ASAP Rocky's release from a Swedish jail. When questioned about the ongoing situation by TMZ, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York confirmed that they're getting involved, citing human rights violations.
"The situation with ASAP Rocky is unfortunate, it’s outrageous, it needs to be addressed," Jeffries explained. "You can expect that members of Congress, particularly those of us who are part of the Congressional Black Caucus, are going to continue to weigh in forcefully until ASAP Rocky is free."
Jeffries also added that Rep. André Carson has continued to put pressure on the State department to reach out to the Swedish government to sort out the situation as quickly as possible.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State issued a statement addressing the Swedish government over Rocky's treatment. "There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns," a spokesperson for the department said. "We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see ASAP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon."
In a brief interview with TMZ, Quavo revealed he also faced abuse from Swedish authorities in the past. "Sweden had us down on the curb as soon as we went to Sweden," he said. "They had me and my cameraman on the curb, and they were trying to lock us up too."
The Migo didn't explain when this happened, but he made sure to add, "Free my boy Rocky."
Rocky was arrested following a Stockholm incident that involved two men he said were following and harassing him. He and three other people were arrested on suspicion of assault after the rapper performed at a festival in the city. Rocky released footage showing the two men stalking him and his crew, and he also alleged that the unnamed men had sexually harassed numerous women. The two men are under investigation for suspected assault and molestation.
As a result of his arrest, Tyler, the Creator and Schoolboy Q among others announced their plans to boycott Sweden.