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Colorado Rapper Filming Video About SWAT Raids When Flashbang Grenade Goes Off

An eerie coincidence in Fort Collins, Colorado.

"Bring the motherfucking SWAT team," Fort Collins, CO teen rapper Josh Jackson said into his computer, filming a video for his song "police are trying to murder me as I write this."  

And the motherfucking SWAT team they did bring. Just a minute after Jackson had rapped into the camera, "Police think i'm a fiend /  It's why right now, literally, they're outside my hous," a flashbang grenade exploded inside his house on Monday.

"I don't really give a fuck because I'm nineteen and I'm not a criminal / I'm political / And right now  -- oh shit! You heard the blast." he yells as the flashbang unxpectedly goes off.

Jackson was rapping about SWAT raids when a SWAT team showed up to arrest him for felony menacing charges. He is accused of threatening his roommates with a knife, which he might be referencing when he raps into the camera "Because my roommates done did it / Done thought that I was a misfit / Done thought I had my wrist slit too many times / Done thought too many people had left my mind."

Jackson goes by the rap name Adequate Advocate and, according to the Coloradoan, had made several references to the 5th Amendment on Facebook earlier that day. According to the Coloradoan:

Late Monday night, more than 15 marked police cars were in the neighborhood, along with the SWAT team’s Bearcat armored vehicle. Jackson also video recorded at least some of his conversations with police officers, and posted several Facebook status updates telling people he was unarmed.

Critics of SWAT tactics have called the surprise busts unnecessary and damaging, as the sudden emergence of flashbangs and armed, masked men may prompt some suspects to respond in a way that could get them killed. There have also been several reports of SWAT teams showing up at the wrong adress, as well as fatal mistakes made amid flashbang confusion, like the shooting of seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones in Detroit.

Jackson is due in court August 13th.

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