Charges Dropped Against Jeezy for Wiz Khalifa Tour Arrest
On Aug. 24, Jeezy was arrested for possession of a weapon authorities alleged was linked to a fatal shooting following a Wiz Khalifa show in Mountain View, Calif. On Thursday (Dec. 11), all charges against Jeezy and five members of his staff were officially dropped, as it became increasingly obvious the claims were unfounded.
"I pray this had nothing to do with race but it definitely had nothing to do with evidence," Jeezy said in a press statement. "Words cannot express how vindicated I feel with these charges being dismissed today. While my team and I always knew that the allegations and charges were based on zero facts, the rush to judgment by both the media and the police has been extremely disappointing. I'm relieved that the truth has ultimately prevailed and I would like to thank those who have always stood by me including my family and fans."
The Aug. 22 shooting occurred at Shoreline Amphitheater, following a date of Wiz Khalifa's Under the Influence of Music Tour, where Jeezy (born Jay Jenkins) was also performing. A 38-year-old Eric Johnson died after being shot multiple times.
According to TMZ, the Organge County District Attorney moved to dismiss the charges, to which the case's judge obliged.
On the day of the arrests, police alleged an AK-47 found on Jeezy's tour bus was used in the shooting, confiscated it -- along with money, jewelry, clothing and other personal items -- and held the six people on $1 million bail. However, it was discovered that the weapon was legally purchased and belonged to Jeezy's security chief, who was in the hospital when the shooting occured.
"Mr. Jenkins should not have been arrested and this case should not have been prosecuted," Jeezy's legal counsel Blair Berk said. "We are pleased it has been dismissed, although frustrated that it took the police and prosecutors months to do the right thing."