Tank Arrested Amid Claims Of Police Brutality
A close pal of R+B singer Tank has accused New Orleans police of assaulting the star during his arrest on Monday morning (18Feb08) for disorderly conduct. Tank - real name Durrel Babbs - was on his way to an afterparty for the NBA All-Star Weekend at the House of Blues with his female friend Ira Dewitt in the early hours of Monday, when they were prevented by police from venturing into the club due to a shooting in the area. Dewitt claims the cops were rude to them after blocking off their path, prompting Babbs to ask the officers "Why are you gonna be like that?", before starting to walk away from the scene. But the incident turned violent when three policemen allegedly attacked Babbs and used their Taser guns to give him an electric shock. Dewitt tells MediaTakeOut.com, "We started walking away, but they grabbed Tank and threw him against the wall. "(The cops) bent one of his arms up and the other arm back and asked him to do something. Tank told them that he couldn't and before you knew it, there were three cops all over him... and they tased (sic) him." Babbs was arrested and booked for disorderly conduct in addition to various other charges, and he was released on bail on Monday, according to reports. A spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department has yet to comment on the allegations.