Wrongfully Imprisoned Rapper Awarded $175,000 for Oakland Police Gun Planting
Lorenzo Hall, an Oakland, California rapper known as Zoe Tha Roasta, has been awarded $175,000 by a federal jury in San Francisco. The jury found that an Oakland police officer planted a gun on Hall, who was a parolee, causing him to be falsely imprisoned for nearly two years.
Hall will receive $100,000 in general damages and $75,000 in punitive damages for his treatment by Oakland officer Ramon Alcantar, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The rapper was attending a wake for his aunt when Alcantar arrested him in June 2006 for numerous weapons offenses. The only problem is, Hall had no gun. After he was tucked away in the back of Alcantar’s patrol car, the police officer told him “I found your gun.” That weapon turned out to be a plant, hidden by another man in a nearby car.
Hall was imprisoned for 22 months as a result.
Oakland police have denied any wrongdoing, claiming officer Alcantar had “reasonable suspicion” to detain Hall based on a snitch’s tip.
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