Ice Cube Uses Lorain Police Incident In Music Video

LORAIN, Ohio -- Footage of a Lorain man’s controversial 2014 arrest is included in a teaser video for rapper Ice Cube’s latest single, a politically-charged song titled “Arrest the President.”

“Leave the boy alone,” Ice Cube raps over dashboard camera video of Lorain police officers forcefully pushing a handcuffed Pele Smith onto the hood of a police cruiser during a Sept. 4, 2014 arrest. The impact of Smith’s head cracked the glass in the windshield, the video shows.

The incident garnered national attention and Smith later filed a lawsuit against the city of Lorain and its police department.

Ice Cube -- a former member of the seminal rap group N.W.A. that gained notoriety for the controversial song “F--k tha Police" -- boasts an anti-establishment message in his new single. The teaser video also includes a clip of President Donald Trump shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and footage from the violent 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The video of Smith’s arrest appears five seconds into the 43-second teaser.

The video can be viewed at the bottom of this post.

The incident began when Lorain police officers stopped Smith as he walked along East 34th Street. Narcotics detectives were investigating a report of drug trafficking in the area, according to a police report.

Smith complied with the officers' orders to stop, but the officers grabbed him and took him to the ground, according to the excessive force lawsuit Smith filed against the city of Lorain and the police department.

One of the police officers testified in court that he took Smith to the ground because he saw Smith swallow drugs.

Two officers handcuffed Smith before a third officer arrived on scene. They raised Smith to his feet and walked him over to the police cruiser, then forcefully pushed him onto the hood, court records say.

Smith later pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and obstructing official business in connection with the incident.

Smith filed an excessive force lawsuit in 2016 against the police officers, Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera, and the city of Lorain.

In July, U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko issued a summary judgment that ruled in favor of one of Smith’s excessive force claims, but otherwise sided with the officers, the police chief and the city.

Smith has appealed the judgement to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Federal prosecutors in Cleveland declined to pursue cases against the officers involved in Smith’s arrest.

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