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Aggressor Of A$AP Rocky Made Victim, Says American Congressman Espaillat

A prominent American Congressman Adriano Espaillat on July 25, 2019 castigated the charging of A$AP Rocky for alleged assault by a magistrate court in Stockholm, saying the rapper is a victim of aggression, who has been made the aggressor and the aggressor made the victim. He added that amounts to gross miscarriage of justice, and wondered how a country's criminal justice system could condone that.

Congressman Espaillant concerns seem to be supported by latest data captured in video about the circumstances behind the alleged assault by the highly talented African American rapper. According to the data inferred from reports from various media on July 25, 2019, the circumstances are as thus.

A$AP Rocky and his entourage on June 30, 2019 visited a burger restaurant called Max in Hötorget quarter of downtown Stockholm. While in there, the rapper was harassed by some young men of European descent. When A$AP Rocky and his colleagues left the restaurant, the men followed them and continued the harassment, leading to a physical confrontation between the rapper's group and the men who have been described as troublemakers by US President Donald Trump in a tweet on July 25, 2019.

This chain of events that is vividly clear in some videos that captured the incident, strongly supports A$AP Rocky's insistence of self defense. As such, it is not difficult to understand the stance of Congressman Espaillat, on A$AP Rocky's case.

Accordingly, arguments by some people in Sweden that those lambasting the assault charge against A$AP Rocky, lack understanding of Sweden's criminal justice system are therefore totally nonsense and probably deceptive. That is because what is being questioned worldwide is not Sweden's criminal justice system per se, but the manner it has been enforced in rapper A$AP Rocky case. An ambiguous and porous criminal justice system can be susceptible to abuse and/or misinterpretation by some of those entrusted to enforce it. A$AP Rocky case illustrates that may apply to Sweden's criminal justice system.

Trial of A$AP Rocky and two others is expected to take three days, beginning July 30, 2019.


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