Police Awarded $5 Million in Defamation Lawsuit Against Game
A North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of rewarding five police officers each with $1 million in damages that stemmed from their appearance in the Game’s infamous DVD, Stop Snitching/Stop Lyin, according to Fox News.
The five officers filed a $5 million defamation suit, claiming their images were misrepresented in the footage and they were the victims of slander and libel and the North Carolina Court of Appeals agreed.
One part of the movie showed Game and his Black Wall Street crew at the Four Seasons Mall in Greensboro, North Carolina as they got into an altercation with mall security and local police. Game was arrested for criminal trespassing, communicating threats and disorderly conduct after he ignored requests to leave the mall. The court ruling explains that Game’s arrest— which was filmed by a member of his crew—was “heavily edited” and made it seem “as though Taylor was wrongfully arrested.” According to the court, the DVD was promoted as showcasing the entire arrest.
The DVD came out in 2005 during the height of the Game and G-Unit beef and followed the rapper around the country while he toured and promoted his “G-Unot” campaign and mocked his former boss 50 Cent every chance he got. The DVD was paired with a mixtape of the same name and was one of many that were aimed at Fif and the rest of G-Unit.
The film also shows Game as he travels around New York City being followed by the “hip-hop” police and concludes with him and his friends as they try to get around the security at 50 Cent’s Connecticut mansion to speak to the rapper. The officers also filed for $10 million in punitive damages, but that case was rejected. —Nicholas Sella