Trump Accuses Sweden Of ‘Letting African American Community Down’ Over A$AP Rocky Detention
President Donald Trump has once again pleaded with Swedish authorities to free detained rapper A$AP Rocky as he accused the country of “letting the African American community down.” On Thursday, prosecutors charged him with assault in connection with a fight in Stockholm on June 30.
Trump tweeted late on Thursday: “Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM. We do so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem! #FreeRocky.” In a later tweet, he added: “Treat Americans fairly!”
It follows earlier attempts by Trump—including speaking to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven—to get the musician released, but Sweden does not have a bail system.
It came as Swedish prosecutor Daniel Suneson charged the 30-year-old with assault causing actual bodily harm, in connection with a fight that broke out in the central part of the Swedish capital. Video online appears to show the rapper punching another man in the street.
A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has been held in Stockholm since July 3rd. He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after he performed at the Smash hip-hop festival, and will remain in custody until trial. A date has not yet been set.
Two other men are being investigated on suspicion of assault and aggravated assault.
Mayers claims he was acting in self-defense after a man was following him. In a video posted to his Instagram page, Mayers wrote in the caption: “We don’t know these guys and we didn’t want trouble, they followed us for 4 blocks.”
The U.S. president first waded into the case after Mayers’ friends Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West called on him to intervene. Earlier this month, Trump said he called Prime Minister Stefan over the situation that “so many people would like to see quickly resolved.” Responding to Trump’s latest tweets, a spokesman for Löfven said “everyone is equal before the law,” adding that the government could not influence legal proceedings.