Kodak Black's Trespassing Case Dismissed Following New Year's Eve Arrest in Florida

The rapper's attorney, Bradford Cohen, announced the dismissal on Thursday, claiming Florida police officers had "no probable cause to make the arrest."

Kodak Black performs during Rolling Loud New York 2021

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Kodak Black performs during Rolling Loud New York 2021

It seems Kodak Black has dodged another legal battle.

As reported by Rolling Stone, Florida prosecutors have dismissed a trespassing charge against the 24-year-old rapper. The case stems from Kodak’s Jan. 1 arrest in his hometown of Pompano Beach, where he was visiting family for the holidays. The rapper was reportedly standing in a driveway next to his Lamborghini when officers took him into custody over a months-old cease-and-desist notice. Housing authorities issued the letter after Kodak distributed air conditioning units to residents of his old neighborhood. His attorney, Bradford Cohen, slammed law enforcement over the arrest, arguing that a cease-and-desist letter was not a trespassing notice.

“Can you imagine being arrested for trespass in the neighborhood you grew up, gave away 20k in toys, 20k in turkeys and 15k in Ac units because the Pompano Housing Authority considered a cease and desist letter sent to a record label a trespass notice?” Cohen wrote on Instagram. “Legally they are exposing themselves to a civil lawsuit. Trespass has to be after proper notice, proper notice was never given, yet BSO decided to make an arrest for trespass on the night Kodak took care of 5 families in Golden acres to make sure all their bills were paid for Christmas.”

Cohen told Rolling Stone prosecutors rejected the trespassing case on Wednesday, after determining the arrest was unwarranted. The lawyer pointed out that Kodak was in the area because he was invited by residents of the property, which means he was not trespassing. Cohen also theorized that officers intended to bust Kodak for a more serious crime, as they searched his car and itemized all of its contents after the arrest.

“I think they made the arrest so they could search him and search his vehicle that was legally parked and try to find something that was a bigger charge than trespassing,” Cohen said to Rolling Stone. “I think it was embarrassing that they ended up arresting him for trespass, and the case was never filed on because there was no probable cause to make the arrest.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has yet to respond to Rolling Stone’s request for comment.

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