There are a lot of questionable things going on in these videos of Wiz Khalifa getting handcuffed at LAX, but the "hoverboard" detail seems to be stealing focus away from the rest.
The rapper was detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday after flying in from Europe, The New York Daily News reports. According to his posts on Instagram and Twitter, he was stopped, handcuffed, and pinned to the ground because he wouldn't stop riding his IO Hawk-like personal transport device.
The law enforcement officials in the videos are agents from Customs and Border Protection, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security. CBP spokesperson Katrina Skinner told Fusion that:
All travelers arriving into the U.S. are subject to CBP inspection, and for their own safety and the safety of other passengers, must follow officers’ instructions while in the Federal Inspection Service area… An uncompliant passenger or any disruptive behavior could put many at risk at this highly secure area.
Because of "privacy laws," Skinner was unable to discuss Wiz's case specifically. Reps from his camp were also unable to comment at this time.
In the video where the rapper—whose monster Furious 7 hit "See You Again" spent 12 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100—is handcuffed on the ground, you can hear agents ordering him to "stop resisting."
It's unclear how Wiz, real name Cameron Thomaz, could have been resisting while subdued on the floor—not to mention the fact that he can be heard saying that he's "not resisting" over and over. But the CBP's official definition of "resistance" is apparently malleable enough to cover whatever Wiz was doing/not doing.
The CBP's Use of Force Policy defines "passive resistance" as being uncooperative in a non-physical, non-threatening manner. The policy defines one form of "active resistance" as when "a subject uses a mechanical or other object to resist an officer/agent’s control efforts"—which is so obliquely worded that it's conceivable agents might describe Wiz not wanting to dismount his transporter as "active resistance."
Agents are authorized to physically subdue someone under either circumstance—but was that much force necessary? Anyway, sorry to interrupt all your dumb Back to the Future hoverboard jokes. Debbie Downer, out.
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