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voiceofreason
11-22-2013, 07:58 AM
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2 convicted in rap video targeting police
Rashee Beasley, Jamal Knox found guilty in connection with video that mentions cop-killer Richard Poplawski, police officers' names
UPDATED 8:03 AM EST Nov 22, 2013

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PITTSBURGH —Two men have been convicted of charges in western Pennsylvania including witness intimidation and conspiracy in connection with a rap video posted online that authorities said urged people to kill Pittsburgh police officers.



Twenty-two-year-old Rashee Beasley and 19-year-old Jamal Knox are scheduled for sentencing Feb. 6 in Allegheny County court.

The video, pulled from YouTube after police began investigating it in November, praises Richard Poplawski, who was convicted of killing three city officers in April 2009.

The lyrics include the line, "Let's kill these cops 'cause they don't do us no good" and names specific officers who patrol the area where Poplawski lived.

Judge Jeffrey Manning disagreed Thursday with defense arguments that the video was protected by free speech guarantees, saying it "far exceeds what the First Amendment allows."

The Bobster
11-29-2017, 07:06 AM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/11/28/pa-supreme-court-hears-case-on-rap-lyrics/

PA High Court To Decide If Rap Song Was Artistic Expression Or Terroristic Threat
November 28, 2017 10:40 PM By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard an unusual case, Tuesday, that asks whether a rap song could be considered a threat against police, and the case has first amendment implications.

The song allegedly referred to guns and bullets and referenced two Pittsburgh police officers.

The song was written and performed in 2012 and was posted on YouTube resulting in convictions on terroristic threats for two men.

Jamal Knox, 23, appealed the conviction arguing his lyrics were protected speech.

“He took no steps to publish this song,” said attorney (((Sara Rose))).

Rose is an attorney with the ACLjU of Pennsylvania.The group filed an amicus brief arguing that state’s high court must find that Knox intended to not just make the song, but also to publish it in order for the song to be a “true threat” that falls outside of first amendment protection.

“We’re very concerned about people’s private expression, expression they don’t intend for anyone else to see, somehow getting out of control and somehow ending up online and then holding people responsible,” she said.

Child pornography, fighting words and actual threats are not protected speech.