Fri 30 Mar 2012
While Thursday night’s Slaughterhouse concert at the Best Buy Theater in New York City was to be a celebration of the group’s new single and upcoming album, things quickly changed prior to showtime. Joe Budden was arrested for a parking ticket dating back to 2007, and the sold out crowd got a show without one member. Today, the full group made a visit to Fuse TV and spoke with Jason Newman on their run-in with the New York Police Department last night.
“I got arrested before the show for an unpaid traffic ticket in 2007. If I would’ve known about the situation, it would’ve been cleared up. But I didn’t; it had never popped up before and I’ve gone through the system a few times. When there’s a bench warrant, they catch you when they can catch you and it just so happens that we had a sold-out show at Best Buy Theatre.”
“It was hurtful to me because we were in the process of doing a meet and greet and fans flew in from Europe,” says Budden. “One girl flew in two months ago and stayed just for this show. So I was disappointed in that aspect, especially in your hometown.”
Read more reaction from the group after the jump…..
Asked how they heard about the news, the group says they were directly involved in Budden’s arrest. “We didn’t hear the news; we saw the news,” says member Joell Ortiz. “Forty police officers came into the building. You would’ve thought this guy…” Budden then finishes his sentence, saying, “You would’ve thought I was [George] Zimmerman,” referencing the man who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
For the record, the officers were very rude to us for no reason,” says Royce. “They wouldn’t let us leave. They came in looking for Joey and had no idea what he looked like, so I guess we were all black men. It was like, ‘Are you in the group? What’s your name?Well, you guys can’t leave the room. I want to see everybody’s ID.’ It’s like, ‘Yo, you’re coming to look for this man. At least know what he looks like. You’re asking me where he’s at like it’s my job to find him.’ I’m real big on respect and I just don’t understand why police officers feel they have to disrespect people when they speak to them.”
“If I was a police officer, I probably would’ve been like, ‘Let him do the show and we’ll get him right after he comes off the stage,’” says Royce.Adds Budden: “You could’ve stayed right there and seen a good hip hop show.”
Read the full interview over at Fuse.TV