Kid rapper and poet Corey J faces felony after Atlanta mall incident (video)

Corey J, aka Lil C-Note, brutalized by mall security guard near metro Atlanta (Image Source: YouTube Screenshot)

An Atlanta area aunt and her famous nephew are in the news because of an altercation with a White mall cop in Cobb County, Georgia. A video was uploaded to YouTube of the encounter and it has gone viral in part due to the aunt’s warning words of “you’re finna” to the security guard at Cumberland Mall.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, earlier this month, an officer issued the child a criminal trespass warning because he was selling CDs without permission. He was warned by police that if he is caught back on the premises, he could be arrested.

The video picks up while the officer was in the process of confirming the previous criminal trespass warning.

In the video, the unidentified security guard grabs a small child by the arm in a painful hold and begins to drag him. The boy he grabbed was identified as Corey J, 12, aka Lil C-Note, a poet, motivational speaker and rapper who has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show. He is also the protege of rapper Young Thug. Corey is calm and respectful to the officer who is causing him pain but his aunt was having none of it.

In a verbal exchange that gets physical, she is recording the encounter.

“You’re 12?” the officer asks Corey, then states “You’re about to go to jail. You’re going to go to a youth detention center if you don’t…” and his aunt responds, “He’s got his rights. He’s not doing anything right now, sir… I have his father on the phone and you won’t even speak to him.”

The officer simply replies by saying, “Yup” as the aunt attempts to free her nephew from the grip of the mall security guard before the video ends. The incident happened on Oct. 6, 2018, and the video has gone viral. It has now been revealed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that police are investigating the actions of the officer. Corey J was charged with felony obstruction, misdemeanor obstruction, criminal trespass on disorderly conduct.

The video of the encounter can be seen by clicking here.

Mo Barnes
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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.