Two Jailed over YouTube Rap

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Two young men from Massachusetts have been imprisoned for making a threatening rap video about members of the local police department, and then posting that video to YouTube for all the world to see.

In a case where the operative words should likely be “old enough to know better,” the Boston Globe is reporting that the two men imprisoned are aged 24 and 28. Normally, they might be expected to get away with a slap on the wrist, but the whole situation was aggravated a bit by the fact that the two are touting guns in the video, which is dubbed over with various gunshots. At one point, two officer’s are named, with each being followed by a gunshot and a quick snap of a gun…

In direct contrast to the case last week that saw a Canadian woman’s disability benefits revoked because she looked happy in Facebook photo posts, this time it’s particularly hard to side with the guys posting their own content on the internet. Word from the police department responsible for arresting the two is fairly simple, with Lt. Jeffrey Silve quoted as having said, quite succinctly,

“When you view the brazenness of the threats in a post-9/11 era, it certainly poses concern and we didn’t wait.”

The two have a hearing scheduled for Monday week, which is to determine whether or not they’ll remain in jail or be released. If nothing else, we’re curious to see how the whole thing pans out. While this is a fairly egregious example of threats made on YouTube, it’s certainly not the only example where someone is named specifically and then threatened.

Curiously, there’s been fairly little response when trying to get in touch with representatives for either of the two parties involved, though someone at the Boston Globe did manage to call one of the accused’s mothers, who said fairly simply,

“What he did was an innocent thing and now he’s being charged like a criminal. He just did a dumb move.”

Regardless of which side of the fence you come down on, the Boston Globe article makes for some interesting reading,

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