Vic Mensa Says Police Threatened to Arrest Him at Chicago Parade
Vic Mensa remains a staple in the Chicago community and continues to give back whenever the opportunity arises. Over the weekend, the Chicago-bred rapper led the 2018 Bud Biliken parade as the event's grand marshal. But during the trek through Chicago, the rapper says local law enforcement threatened to arrest him and tow his motorcycle.
The 25-year-old claims police wanted to bring him in because he sparked a group of activists to peacefully protest while carrying a "Convict Jason Van Dyke" banner. Van Dyke is the controversial police officer on trial for the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald back in 2014. The Roc Nation artist crafted the song "16 Shots" in 2016, honoring the life of McDonald and the Black Lives Matter movement. The track's outro details the gruesome exchange between Laquan and police that led to officers shooting him 16 times in 13 seconds.
After nearly being arrested, according to Mensa, the parade continued and attendees gave away more than 1,000 backpacks to Chicago students gearing up to head back to school next month.
"1000 backpack giveaway with AT&T less than 30 minutes after being surrounded by CPD for protesting police murder in our city. We do this so we can teach the next [generation] to be more equipped to dig themselves out of this hole they put us in & live with love power and self-respect," he wrote shortly after the event.
Check out footage captured of Vic Mensa arguing with police below.
I was the Grand Marshall of the Bud Billiken parade today (largest black parade in America). It was beautiful. Chicago Police Department threatened to arrest me & tow my bike because I had a group of activists carrying a CONVICT JASON VAN DYKE banner ----♂️ Then we gave out 1000 backpacks to the kids -- THERES A LOT OF HATE BUT LOVE IS THE STRONGEST AMMO!
TBH it’s way more about this than that incident with police earlier. 1000 backpack giveaway with @att less than 30 minutes after being surrounded by CPD for protesting police murder in our city. We do this so we can teach the next gen to be more equipped to dig themselves out of this hole they put us in & live with love power and self respect --