21 Savage turned himself In to Atlanta police
The rapper 21 Savage, who is based in Atlanta, was temporarily arrested in DeKalb County on Thursday on drug and weapons allegations.
The rapper, whose name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, surrendered to police at the DeKalb County Jail and was freed 12 minutes after being taken into custody.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained the rapper in 2019 and charged him with several crimes, according to his attorney, Charles Kuck, who spoke to the AJC. Abraham-Joseph was alleged to be a British national who had overstayed his visa at the time by agents. Despite the fact that he was born in the United Kingdom, the rapper relocated to the Atlanta region when he was seven years old.
“These fabricated accusations are just another example of how our judicial system, from ICE down to the local level, unfairly punishes young Black males who want to express their rights.” It is our intention to fight until Mr. Joseph is fully exonerated, and we believe that there is no legal foundation for these accusations or ICE’s ongoing shenanigans.” said his lawyer.
The rapper’s immigration case has been halted as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, which has caused court delays. As a kid, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own.
Savage is well-known in the Atlanta community not just for his music, but also for his annual school supply drives, which he organizes.