Al Copeland, a Black man who was arrested while suffering from a stroke in his vehicle was awarded a $1.3 million settlement after being wrongfully accused of being drunk, back in 2019.
According to records, Copeland was driving on Mass Ave and began to feel nauseous. He decided to park at the Berklee School of Music, where he sat in his vehicle unconscious for almost two hours. Two Boston police officers found Copeland and arrested him, claiming the now 62-year-old smelled like alcohol.
However, what officers did not know was that Copeland had been practicing sobriety for 20 years and was actually suffering a stroke. When he was taken to the police station, Copeland reportedly struggled to stand and subsequently ended up falling and hitting his head before throwing up. Copeland was taken to Tufts Medical Center where medical professionals also thought he was drunk.
After several hours in the emergency room, doctors determined Copeland was suffering from a stroke which ruled out the cops’ accusations of the 62-year-old being drunk. The stroke resulted in Copeland behind hospitalized for weeks which was followed by him being unable to complete certain daily tasks and ultimately resulted in him having to resign from his job at the MBTA.
The City of Boston launched an internal investigation after being contacted by Copeland’s lawyer, George Leontire. However, the officers weren’t cited for treating Al like he was drunk, but for being negligent in their lack of response when he hit his head on the cell wall.
Copeland received a $1.3 million settlement, but neither the officers nor the City of Boston has been charged in the incident; they quietly dealt with it and dismiss the event.
#MassMondays: SliccBae, Wave Capone, BTL FLEE, Clark D x Guyclaude
Yes I know, it’s been awhile. But, it wouldn’t be me if I weren’t fashionably late. This #MASSMONDAYS will feature the latest from artists I’ve been listening to these last few months. No write-ups, just vibes. Check out who I’ve been listening to below.
SliccBae ft.Borirock – BabyRock
Discovering who she was during a Sir Clark D (now known as Clark D) show at Black Market Nubian over the summer, I was sooooo excited to stream music from SliccBae when I got home. Who other to collaborate with than BoriRock on her first official video, “BabyRock.”
Wave Capone – Trench Poetry
Earlier this month, Wave Capone released his brand new mixtape, Misunderstood. Y’all know my kind of music is pain music and Wave literally lets it all go on “Trench Poetry” which is more than likely why the record serves as the closing track on Misunderstood. The project features 12 tracks with a lone feature from $hayBand$.
BTL Flee – 4 A.M
With his project Life of A Bandit out now, BTL Flee returns with the official video to his latest offering, “4 A.M.” The record serves as a follow-up to his March release, “Pour Up Liquor.”
Clark D x Guyclaude – A Family Affair
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Clark D and Guyclaude unleashed their project, A Family Affair. Giving us 11 tracks, the two brothers tapped on the services of Seefour, Tamera King, Miranda Rae, Dos, Michael Christmas and Echezona. Released under their Finally Famous imprint, stream the collaborative project below.
Album Stream: Cincinnati Rose – ‘BISMILLAH’
In celebration of his daughter’s birthday (July 26), Cincinnati Rose released his debut album, “BISMILLAH,” a term defined as “the Mohammedan way of saying grace” or “a phrase to mention Allah before beginning any action or speech.”
Supported by the previously released single “Mourn for Me,” BISMILLAH, executive produced by Rose’s daughter, Skylar Robin Roscoe, features 11 tracks with contributions from Mike Hiatus, Keem Leamour, Trevor Holmes, Lvcey, and Mizzo with production handled by a$tod, BamBamBeats, Fade Majah, OthelloBeats and XavianBeats.
BISMILLAH serves as a follow-up to Cincinnati Rose’s 2020-project, 4,5,6….EM!!, executive produced by OG.Domo. The project was backed by the records “Sleazy Thoughts” and “G-Code.”
Stream BISMILLAH below.
MASS MONDAYS: $hayBand$, Kam’Geez, Messy Money Sav, Mulah Mitch, Greenup Yae, Reem Skully
It’s been a crazy two months, but a blessed two months. Lots of new music and as the summer continues, everyone is either preparing for numerous concerts and showcases or living their best lives. As for me on the other hand, I’m tired. I do not have Megan Thee Stallion knees and outside is expensive. Nonetheless, it’s a summer.
For MASS. Monday, we have Shooterz Muzik’s first lady $hayBand$ debut EP The Diamond Child and new visuals from Mulah Mitch, Kam’Geez, Messy Money Sav and Greenup Yae. Check it out below.
$hayBand$ – “The Diamond Child”
It’s exciting that $hayBand$ has dropped her debut EP, The Diamond Child. Though $hayBand$ has been known to provide a balance of bars that you can blast on your way to your corporate job, this time around she brings melodies you can listen to when you’re in your feelings or are ready to get in your bag. The 7-track EP features the previously released track “Distant,” and the fan-favorites (at least my favorites), “Wish Me Well” and “Change on Me.”
Kam’Geez – “Racks Coming In”
After dropping the record in May, Kam’Geez returns with the official video to the HoldUpJay-produced single, “Racks Coming In.”
Directed by M9 Arnold, the High-End Hustler gives us words of motivation while giving us tips on how to live the hustler lifestyle. The question is, can you keep up?
Messy Money Sav – “On A Crumb”
Believe it or not, it’s been six months since Messy Money Sav dropped “Party.” The Rebel Mafia Global artist returns to heat the streets up with her latest effort, “On A Crumb.” Sav has always meant what she says on these records and has never been scared to call a fuck nigga.
Greenup Yae – “Top Floor”
Though he’s relocated to Atlanta, Brockton will forever run through Greenup Yae‘s veins. Recently dropping his single “Top Floor,” the record, engineered by Tugga of Patchwerk Studios, is definitely a motivational banga. Greenup Yae certainly shows versatility in his flow and definitely got shmoney to be taking flights overseas, have a jeweler on speed dial all while living on the top floor ’cause I certainly can’t relate.
Check out the official video directed by Damien Aku and Luka NV below.
Mulah Mitch- Reloaded
It’s Mulah Mitch, man. if you don’t fuck wit me, you’s a bitch, man.
One of my favorite records out right now. Mulah Mitch has never failed to deliver something heavy on a track. Though the record dropped last month, it’s one of the records that you can ride around to all year and it’ll never get old. It got one of those classic feels.
Reem Skully – “Get Away” (ft. BoriRock & Dun Dealy)
A collaboration that makes sense. Reem Skully teams up with BoriRock & Dun Dealy over the Humbeats-produced track, “Get Away.” Serving as a follow-up to his remix over Cam’Ron‘s “Losin’ Weight & Glory,” the record is only a teaser on what we can expect on Reem Skully’s forthcoming 20-track project, PANDEMIC! The Mixtape.
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