Rapper Polo G has some explaining to do. Born Taurus Barlett, the 22-year-old was arrested in Miami early Saturday following a traffic stop. The arrest comes just one day after his new album release.
Online jail records state that Polo G was booked around 8:45 a.m. and charged with three felonies: battery of a police officer, threatening to harm a public servant, and resisting a police officer with violence.
The Rapstar rapper was also charged with two misdemeanors that include resisting a police officer without violence and criminal mischief. He was later released on bond.
The car Polo G was traveling in was initially stopped by Miami police around 12:30 a.m. for an unspecified traffic infraction, the Miami Herald reported, citing the police report.
However, at some point during the stop things went south when he "ended up in a struggle" with police officers, and according to the police report struck one of the cops in the head multiple times.
Polo G's representatives have yet to respond to the charges, but that didn't stop his mother Stacia Mac from responding on Twitter. According to Mac, her son was in the passenger seat of the car when pulled over, claiming that the charges against him would not have occurred without the police first making contact.
"None of these charges would be possible if the POLICE did not make contact with my son Polo G!!!" she posted. "He was NOT the driver. He was a PASSENGER in a professionally licensed vehicle with security. He was moving smart and correctly. What more could he have done." That remains to be seen.
In several now-deleted Instagram Story posts, Mac went on to explain that Polo G was in the car with his younger brother, who is a minor.
"They stopped them because they were driving while Black," his mom said according to The Shade Room, which reposted her videos. "When I go and approach them to ask about my children, namely my minor son who's 16, they tell us that if we don't leave that they're gonna lock us up."
Meanwhile, Miami Police issued a statement of their own, "The department has initiated a review of this incident, which will include an examination of all camera footage to ensure adherence to departmental policy and law." Polo G was being held on $19,500 bond at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, jail records show.
Polo G has had 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart including his April 2021 single, Rapstar, which debuted at number one on the Hot 100 chart.