This week, renowned rapper Kodak Black created a stir when he covertly recorded a government official apologizing to him over the phone.
Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen apologised to Black on Monday for voting against a proclamation honouring his philanthropic activities. Bogen said he was reacting to Black’s high-profile run-ins with the authorities and didn’t know how much good he had done.
Bogen had no idea that Black was filming the discussion and then sharing it with his 10.5 million Instagram followers in a 3-minute, 40-second video.
In Florida, it’s against the law to film someone without their consent, however it’s unclear where Black was at the time. He was born in Pompano Beach and got the proclamation on his birthday in Broward County on Friday.
Despite the fact that Black is on probation for a sexual assault case, it is unlikely that he will face charges for the recording. Requests for comment to the Broward State Attorney’s Office were not returned on Tuesday.
After a half-million views, the video was taken down from Instagram on Tuesday. When asked why the video was taken down, Black’s lawyer remained silent.
Before the video was taken down, some of the rapper’s Instagram fans criticised Bogen’s apologies.
“Please, Mr. Kodak, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, “Please accept my apologies,” one wrote.
Another added, “Bruh sound terrified [as expletive],” alluding to Bogen.
The proclamation was signed by Commissioner Dale Holness and includes a summary of Black’s accomplishments. They include paying college tuition for the three children of two FBI agents killed in a Sunrise raid, funeral expenses for a South Carolina police officer, and a $100,000 donation to Nova Southeastern University’s law school in memory of Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the Parkland high school shooting in 2018.
However, Bogen’s initial objection was sparked by Black’s criminal past.
After pleading guilty to assault and battery in a sex assault case in which he was accused of beating a teenage girl in a South Carolina hotel room, Black, whose actual name is Bill K. Kapri, was sentenced to probation in April. He was sentenced to a 10-year suspended sentence and 18 months of probation.
Black had already spent half of a three-year federal sentence for misrepresenting information on a paperwork used to purchase firearms from a Miami gun store. President Donald Trump commuted his sentence as part of a wave of 73 last-minute mercy decisions announced at midnight on Trump’s final day in office.
Black was detained in May 2019, just days before he was scheduled to play at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens for the Rolling Loud event.
Bogen told Black that when he came out against the declaration in response to queries from a reporter from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, he didn’t appreciate his good actions.
In a phone chat with Black and his attorney, Bradford Cohen, Bogen remarked, “I enjoy it when individuals do good for the community.” “It’s all about progress.”
Commissioners agreed on Tuesday that they don’t want this to happen again. Commissioners will be able to give letters of praise and gratitude in the future, but only the county mayor will be able to issue a proclamation.