The police have issued a statement over Moodymann's arrest, which shocked the dance music world last week.
The legendary Detroit DJ, real name Kenny Dixon Jr, shared a video of his apparent arrest by gunpoint on his own property via his Instagram, before its removal a few hours later. He was arrested for breaking and entering, despite having keys for the house on his person.
Highland Park police released the following statement: “On Saturday while conducting a proactive patrol regarding possible illegal scraping HPPD officers encountered Mr Dixon,” they said via the Detroit Metro Times.
They continued: “During the encounter, Mr Dixon did not produce personal ID nor proof of ownership of the property and was subsequently arrested and conveyed to HPPD. Further investigation confirmed ownership and Mr. Dixon was released and issued several citations regarding this incident. Mr Dixon has since met with HPPD and this matter was resolved to the satisfaction of Mr Dixon.”
The City of Highland Park also held a press conference to clarify the incident where a city representative showed police body camera footage of Moodymann's arrest, where the police surround the car, with a video of the press conference below.
Support for Moodymann has been widespread, with the likes of The Black Madonna and Mike Servito speaking out in solidarity with the legendary DJ.
Kenny is a great man. He’s a man of peace. We have to stop terrorizing black men. The sound of his voice is something that will haunt. I’m so glad they didn’t shoot. Thank god they didn’t, but fuck this.
Again, black lives matter. Black lives matter.
— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) January 16, 2019
Amerika is still providing the atmosphere, clearly. https://t.co/Gw7N0l8U8y
— Mike Servito (@mikeservito) 16 January 2019