The Legendary DJ Moodymann was violently confronted on his own property this past week in Detroit, telling his followers on Instagram that several police officers pointed guns at his head. The video, removed but reposted as a screen recording by user ladynamedtracie, shows a cop screaming at him to unlock his door. It is not immediately clear what caused the altercation, but this use of force against him is chilling considering the continued trend of police brutality against people of color in the United States. Moodyman, with a discography dating all the way back to the ’90s in Detroit’s house scene, said this in the caption of the video:
“HP police came n (MY BACKYARD)demanding proof of ownership and this is how they reacted,” he wrote. “(Went 2 jail again)charged me 4 Breaking and entering on my own property even though I had keys.what u can’t c is 9 other officers pointing there AR15 directly at my head …next time just pull the MF trigger let’s get this shit over with (I’m tired) I’m so tired.”
The Instagram user herself had this to say when she re-uploaded the video:
“No matter if this man is a celebrity or not enough is enough! But it IS more upsetting because he is an artist from my town who has YEARS of history and influence in music behind him.”
The Black Madonna was one of the first DJs to respond to the incident, renouncing the police for their overly violent confrontation:
I just saw Moodymann get arrested for breaking and entering his own property on Instagram. He had the keys! They had a fucking AK or whatever in his face. I’m just crying.
Black lives matter.
— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) January 16, 2019
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I am SO out done about this sh%t 😡! No matter if this man is a celebrity or not enough is enough! But it IS more upsetting because he is an artist from my town who has YEARS of history and influence in music behind him. BS! #moodymann #313 #detroit #cops #sowrong #notright #highlandparkmichigan #police #lawenforcement @playgrmuziq @normtalleyii @badbeats87 @djminxwomenonwax @djtoneworldwide