By now, everyone has probably heard about Snoop Dogg’s arrest in Sweden after a concert on Saturday, July 25. According to ABC News, the Ego Trippin rapper was reportedly stopped by officers in the Swedish town of Uppsala on “suspicion of marijuana possession.”
Of course, many of Snoop’s fans probably aren’t surprised by the arrest, as the 42-year-old rapper has never denied his fervent love for cannabis. However, Snoop insists there was a different reason why he was pulled over in the first place — racial profiling. Regardless of suspicion, Snoop argues that he was pulled over without probable cause. Over the weekend, he took to Instagram with a series of videos recounting his interactions with police officers in Sweden, reports NBC News.
“All I did was come to this country and did a concert and now I’ve got to go to the police station,” Snoop said before arguing why he feels the traffic stop should be classified as “racial profiling.” “They took me down there, made me pee in the cup, didn’t find s***. No case, no nothing.”
Warning: Video contains explicit language that may be offensive to some viewers.
Snoop’s accusations have caught the attention of many news outlets. Fredrik Wallen, a National police spokesman in Sweden, has confirmed that Snoop was detained, questioned, and ordered to give a urine sample. However, the drug test results will not be available for some time. But, regardless of the outcome, Snoop has made it clear that he’s absolutely done with Sweden. In another Instagram video, he apologized to his fans, but vowed never to return.
“All my fans in Sweden, I’ll never be back to this country,” he said in another Instagram post. “Y’all can thank our police chief and all the people that run your police department. It’s been real, thank you, but I’m gone.”
Snoop’s accusations now raise the question of whether or not Sweden really is racist. According to the Washington Post, there have been a number of cases where others have reported questionable circumstances that lead many to suggest racism may be a major underlying issue in Sweden. In fact, earlier this year, Sweden’s Ornithological Society sparked controversy over its announcement to rename several birds with Swedish names most would consider “racially offensive.”
However, Snoop’s case still falls into the category of “innocent until proven guilty,” as the test results have not yet been released. Based on Snoop’s argument of being pulled over without probable cause, do you think he was racially profiled? Share your thoughts.
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