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Fulton County DA Fani Willis on Why She Will Continue To Use Rap Bars To Get Indictments

By HHL JT
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Fulton County DA Fani Willis, who's already locked up Young Thug, Gunna, and YFN Lucci on various charges, made another round of high-profile arrests this week.

She indicted 26 Atlanta area gang members her office alleges carried out a series of high-profile robberies at celebrity’s homes.

Part of the evidence against the Drug Rich crew, which is said to be a hybrid Blood-Crips gang, are lyrics some of the gang members spit on videos posted to social media.

Using rap lyrics in criminal cases is controversial, and civil rights activists are forwarding legislation to limit the practice.

Willis pushed back on that when she was asked if she was specifically targeting rappers. [Jump to eight minutes.]

"I think if you decide to admit your crimes over a beat, I'm going to use it," Willis said.  "I'm not targeting anyone.  However, you do not get to commit crimes in my county and then you decide to brag on it, which you do that for a form of intimidation and further the gang, and not be held responsible, one of the lyrics used in this indictment, just one, is "me and my crew striking out, striking it all black, send me drop, we kick in the house, if we steal a car we'll take off the tag.  Well, they're kicking in doors, committing home invasions, and now I'm using those lyrics that they're admitting to doing that ... I'm going to continue to that.  People are going to continue to be angry.  I have some legal advice.  Don't confess to crimes on rap lyrics if you do not want them used.  Or if you do, at least get out of my county."

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