(National Sentinel) Threatening: Maybe Jamal Knox should have gone to law school rather than make rap videos because chances are better than even he wouldn’t be looking at jail time.
As reported by PennLive, Knox — along with fellow rapper Rashee Beasley — wrote the song, “F**k the Police” after they were arrested in 2012 by two Pittsburgh Police officers on drugs and weapons charges. The officers are mentioned specifically in the song.
The pair has been arguing in court that their song is protected speech under the First Amendment, but subsequent courts have said otherwise because the song contains specific threats aimed at specific officers. They were awaiting trial on their charges when they posted the video, which was summarily discovered by another police officer.
PennLive reported further:
Knox, whose rap name is “Mayhem Mal,” appealed to the Supreme Court after the state Superior Court upheld his convictions by an Allegheny County judge on the threat and intimidation charges. He was backed in his appeal by several civil rights groups, including the ACLU and the Defender Association of Philadelphia.
[Chief Justice Thomas G.] Saylor cited lyrics of Knox’s tune in reaching the decision that it isn’t protected free speech. In particular, the chief justice mentioned the line, “Let’s kill these cops cuz they don’t do us no good.”
The video mentions the officers who arrested Knox and Beasley in the drug and weapons case by name and contains not-so-veiled threats to kill them, Saylor noted. One verse mentions murdering the officers in their homes.
“The song’s lyrics express hatred toward the Pittsburgh police. As well, they contain descriptions of killing police informants and police officers,” the chief justice wrote.
One of the officers left the Pittsburgh police department after the video was posted over concerns about his well-being. The other officer was assigned a security detail, Saylor noted.
Saylor rejected the ‘free speech’ argument, ruling that “speech which threatens unlawful violence can subject the speaker to criminal sanction…Threats of violence fall outside the First Amendment’s protective scope.”
As it always has.
PennLive reported further that court records show Knox, 24, has already been sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison “after Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey A. Manning convicted him on the threat and intimidation charges during a nonjury trial in 2014.”
The anarchic Left’s violence towards police officers has to be taken a lot more seriously than a one-to-three-year sentence would suggest.