A Baltimore sheriff’s deputy swore to a federal judge that a local rapper’s moniker was an acronym for a faction of a violent gang, then went on to write in an application for a search warrant that several of the musician’s comments were related to violence and organized crime. In 2019, a federal magistrate judge signed the search warrant, finding that the deputy, Sgt. Jamile Boles, who is assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force, provided enough probable cause for a court order requiring Instagram to give him access to the private messages of Xavier Johnson, also known as rapper Lor X.
‘Sloppy and negligent’: Questions raised about Baltimore sheriff’s deputy’s affidavits for warrants, wiretap in gang case
September 2, 2022