Rapper Scribe is getting tweets of support from fellow hip hop musician King Kapisi after his weekend arrest in Wellington.
Scribe's claims that his arrest was racially motivated and triggered by
loud rapping in the street are being challenged by police who say the
singer was aggressive and threatening.
Scribe, whose real name is
Malo Luafutu, was arrested for disorderly behaviour in Courtenay Place
early on Saturday morning and was later released with a warning.
He took to social media after his arrest, writing on Facebook that he'd been "arrested illegally tonight for rapping".
the case of Tiki Taane - the rapper who was arrested for singing "F**k
the Police" in front of officers but was later had charges against him
dropped - Luafutu implied police had overreacted.
"I was dissing the police in my freestyle and their ego couldn't handle it," he wrote.
cop tried to stop me from rapping. I said: 'Your eyes are dilated and
you're chewing that gum hard out. Have you been smoking P?'
munnutt ... I'm under arrest and they arrest my cousin who was
protesting against it. Half an hour later they let us go ..."
has come out in support of the rapper, posting on Twitter: "WTF?? Now
our peoples @scribe are getting arrested 4 Freestyling??" This is some
Stoopid ignorant Sh*t!"
He added: "ARREST ME NOW!I freestyle everyday!"
But police are standing by claims the arrest was triggered by more than his freestyle songs.
Wellington area commander Detective Inspector Stephen Vaughan said
Luafutu "was heavily intoxicated and his behaviour was aggressive and
"I can understand people making excuses for their
behaviour, but I am really disappointed that Mr Luafutu has raised
allegations of racism, which was certainly not the case," he told The