April 24, 2013

Kentucky Police Arrest R. Prophet of Nappy Roots

Kentucky police reportedly arrested R. Prophet of the southern hip hop group Nappy Roots after he
was pulled over at a DUI checkpoint.

Prophet was one of the founding members of Nappy Roots, which was formed at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green in the 1990′s. He is originally from Oakland, California.

The group received national attention from their debut album Watermelon, Chicken, & Gritz, with singles “Awnaw” and “Po’ Folks” generating significant interest and sales. Prophet eventually left Nappy Roots to go solo. He was born Kenneth Anthony.

According to police, the 35-year-old wasn't arrested at first, as they gave him a chance to call someone to pick him up. He apparently became belligerent after police attempted to keep him from continually walking towards traffic.

“The guy refused to quit walking into the roadway. It was obvious to our troopers he was severely intoxicated,” said Kentucky State Police trooper Norm Chaffins.
At that point, realizing he was intoxicated, Prophet resisted arrest, eventually having to be tazered several times, as well as being pepper sprayed to get him under control.

He reportedly started to hit his head against the window of the police car once inside, which resulted in more measures being taken to subdue him.

Not willing to bear responsibility for his actions, he told a current member of Nappy Roots, B. Stille, that the police tried to kill him by using excessive force. 

While police are definitely capable of using excessive force, it doesn't seem this is one of the cases, as Prophet obviously harmed himself, and if he was drunk enough, wouldn't be able to properly access what really went down. Who knows, this could be a break for him to get back into the limelight.

Prophet was released on bond after being charged with alcohol intoxication, menacing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and assault of a police officer.

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