Police raided the home of rapper “Afroman,” found nothing illegal, and then sued him for using footage of the raid in music videos.
Police had a warrant for drug trafficking and kidnapping. They destroyed his front door and driveway gate, “lost” $400 of cash they took, and ogled a lemon pound cake, according to a report by Ashley Belanger on Ars Technica.
Afroman later released songs and music videos about the incident, entitled “Lemon Pound Cake” and “Will You Help Me Repair My Door.” The videos went viral. The officers allege they face embarrassment, ridicule, humiliation, and loss of reputation.
Afroman was never charged with a crime. The officers should be charged with criminal ignorance of the Streisand Effect.