Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald.
BILOXI – A crowd followed Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie into Dillard’s department store Sunday afternoon, where he was shopping in the Polo Ralph Lauren area when a loss-prevention officer whipped out a can of pepper spray and doused the rapper in the face.
Before the afternoon ended, several men associated with Lil Boosie were arrested miles east of the mall on simple assault charges. Lil Boosie, now known as Boosie Badazz, had performed the night before at the Coast Coliseum for the busiest Biloxi Black Beach Weekend on record.
Fan Crystal Whitmore said he was just trying to get in a little shopping when she spotted him at Edgewater Mall.
Whitmore, who is from Altheimer, Arkansas, was one of the fans trailing Lil Boosie and his crew through the mall into Dillard’s. She said 100 fans must have been gathered in the store, all calling out to the rapper, whose real name is Torence Hatch.
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“He was just really quiet,” she said. “Everybody was saying, 'We love you Boosie, we love you Boosie.’ ”
Whitmore pulled out her phone and started shooting video when a Dillard’s security officer yelled at Boosie and his group, “Go, out, out.” She posted on her Facebook page three short video clips, taken over about a minute, she said.
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“He was just in the mall shopping,” Whitmore said. “He can't help it because he has fans that want to see him.
“. . . On the first video, you can see he was very calm.
“The security guard just kept saying, ‘Leave, leave, leave.’ When he didn't leave, the security guard just Maced him.”
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