Funk Pioneer George Clinton Arrested
George Clinton was arrested and charged with drug possession in Tallahassee, Fla., after allegedly telling an officer he had cocaine in his pocket. The funk music pioneer was arrested Saturday and bonGeorge Clinton was arrested and charged with drug possession in Tallahassee, Fla., after allegedly telling an officer he had cocaine in his pocket. The funk music pioneer was arrested Saturday and bonded out of jail over the weekend, according to jail officials, who would not release any other information.
Tallahassee Police said an officer noticed a man sitting by himself in the passenger seat of a car in a gas station parking lot about 2 a.m. Saturday and approached to talk to him. When the officer got to the car, the man, later determined to be Clinton, tried to hide an item he was holding, dropping it between the seats, said Tallahassee Police spokesperson Stewart Clendinen.
Clinton started to reach into his pocket and the officer asked him if he had anything in his pocket that might be dangerous, Clendinen said. Clinton allegedly responded, "I've got a little cocaine."
The item he is accused of dropping between the seats turned out be a crack pipe, police said. Clinton was charged with one felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor count of possession of the pipe.
Clinton, 63, headed the funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic, and the collaboration later known as P-Funk. Calls to George Clinton Enterprises and his lawyer went unanswered.
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