Corey Jackson, an aspiring rapper who goes by the name Lil C Note, was arrested at a Georgia mall last year for allegedly selling his mixtape to shoppers.
In October of 2018, Jackson was in Georgia visiting family and was in the food court of the Cumberland Shopping Center, when an off-duty deputy approached the young man, grabbed him by his arm and then accused him of loitering. Jackson had to appear in court to face charges of felony obstruction, misdemeanor obstruction, and criminal trespassing.
On Monday, T.I took to social media to address the case and compared it to that of a white daycare worker Nataliia Karia who got a slap of the wrist for hanging a toddler.
“Give a 12 year old prison time for selling CDs And a middle aged witch probation for hanging a baby?!?!?! #ThisISAmerica #USorELSE,” Tip captioned an image of both headlines side by side.”
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In February, Jackson appeared in court to fight the felony charges.
The jarring interaction between C-Note and a Georgia cops was caught on video by the child’s aunt and made national news once it was shared through social media. In the official police report, the officer claims Jackson had been in trouble on two previous occasions for selling CDs in the mall, but his lawyer vehemently denies those allegations.
“When he was there, he was not selling any CDs or doing anything that would have been prohibited he was there meeting other artists,” attorney Mawuli Davis said in court after Jackson denied all charges.
Davis thinks the charges are heavy-handed and is banking on the case being dismissed altogether, but if not, he is prepared to move forward with a trial.
Jackson, who is getting a sobering lesson on how the criminal justice system works, shared his reaction to the court appearance on his personal Instagram.
“Seriously like I really wake up everyday asking myself why would this police officer tell these ludicrous/ridiculous stories on me that now have me having to go to court facing a felony at 12 years old as if I’m really a robber, killer / Murderer or some kid that cuss out and fight police officers or sum!!” reads the caption to his post.
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Seriously like I really wake up everyday asking myself why would this police officer tell these Ludacris /ridiculous stories on me that now have me having to go to court facing a felony at 12 years old as if I’m really a robber, killer / Murderer or some kid that cuss out and fight police officers or sum!!??♂️ Like I’m jus so foreal I just don’t understand why a man would do this & have me going threw all this!! #NotWorthItAtAll ??♂️ I wish they just hurry up with this and release all cameras especially the police officer body cam that he had on…??♂️ #ReadyForThisToBeOver #coreyj #lilcnote