San Diego based Rapper Tiny Doo whose real name is Brandon Duncan could spend 25 years in Prison under a little-known California statute that makes it illegal to benefit from gang activities.
California Penal Code 182.5. The code makes it a felony for anyone to participate in a criminal street gang, have knowledge that a street gang has engaged in criminal activity, or benefit from that activity.
He faces nine counts of criminal street gang conspiracy because prosecutors allege he and 14 other alleged gang members increased their stature and respect following a rash of shootings in the city in 2013.
Prosecutors point to Tiny Doo’s album, “No Safety,” and to lyrics like “Ain’t no safety on this pistol I’m holding” as examples of a “direct correlation to what the gang has been doing.”
Brandon has been in prison for eight months for violation of this code. He has no criminal record and says he has no connection with a gang.
At the preliminary hearing Prosecutors produced social media posts that proves Brandon is in a gang.
There are many who feel the law is racist challenges the First Amendment.
There isn’t a gun, a criminal history, outside of social media post, there isn’t an official connection to a gang. What does the prosecution have up its sleeve?