Kodak Black's Charges Dropped on Florida's Trespassing Case
“I think they made the arrest so they could search him and search his vehicle that was legally parked and try to find something that was a bigger charge,” lawyer says.
Florida prosecutors have rejected a trespassing charge against Kodak Black after the “Zeze” rapper was arrested at the Golden Acres public housing development in his Pompano Beach hometown on New Year’s Day.
Broward County prosecutors made the decision Wednesday, according to paperwork filed by Broward County prosecutors and obtained by DONKINGJR.com. “The case is being declined as the state cannot meet all elements of the crime of trespass beyond a reasonable doubt,” the decision reads.
The multiplatinum-selling rapper, born Bill Kapri, was visiting with family at Golden Acres on New Year’s Eve when he was detained while standing near his Lamborghini parked in a driveway, his lawyer Bradford Cohen confirmed to DONKINGJR.com
The arresting officer, a Broward County sheriff’s deputy, took Kapri into custody citing a cease and desist letter that housing officials issued four months earlier over Kapri’s personal delivery of air conditioning units to residents of the development during a sweltering heat wave last summer.
Cohen said Thursday that it’s “basic law” a cease and desist letter is not the same as a trespass notice, and either way, the letter was sent to Kapri’s label, not the rapper himself.
Beyond that, Kapri was invited to the property by a resident, and “a landlord can’t trespass you if you’re invited by the person paying rent,” the lawyer said.
Before Kapri was able to post bond and gain his release, his Lamborghini was towed, with its contents itemized. Nothing was found, the lawyer said.
“I think they made the arrest so they could search him and search his vehicle that was legally parked and try to find something that was a bigger charge than trespassing,” Cohen told DONKINGJR.com. “I think it was embarrassing that they ended up arresting him for trespass, and the case was never filed on because there was no probable cause to make the arrest.”
In the decision to reject the case, prosecutors said while the Office of General Counsel for the Housing Authority of Palm Beach may have mailed a cease and desist letter to Kapri, there was no “return receipt” from the U.S. Postal Service confirming Kapri received it himself.
“Further, at no time did the police issue a trespass warning to the defendant upon which the state can rely to support conviction for trespass after warning,” the prosecutor wrote.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Kapri, 24, was about halfway through a three-year federal prison sentence for falsifying paperwork used to buy weapons at a Miami gun store when President Donald Trump commuted the sentence on his last day in office in 2021.
The pardon, supported by Gucci Mane, Lil Pump and Lil Yachty, noted Kodak’s philanthropic endeavors, including regularly handing out school supplies and food to Florida residents in need.
Kapri was sentenced to probation in April for an assault of a teenage girl at a South Carolina hotel in February 2016, when he was 18 years old.