Editor's Note: A previous version of this article stated the Miami Civilian Investigative Panel has made a final determination on the case. The CIP will vote on the staff’s recommendations Tuesday evening.
South Florida rapper Giovonniex has moved on with his life after he was arrested last year in Wynwood for posting flyers on a business promoting a performance.
The artist, whose real name is Landon Kinchelow, said his energy was better spent on his career.
"I promote pure positivity and negativity found me that day,” the 26-year-old said.
On Monday, a police watchdog group released bodycam video from Miami police officer Pedro Nava’s encounter with the rapper on the corner of Northwest 2nd Avenue and Northwest 23rd Street.
In the video, the officer is heard asking Kinchelow if he had the business’ permission.
“I built my name out here in Wynwood.... and I decided to come out and put flyers up, which I had permission to do,” Kinchelow said.
Officer Nava can be heard asking the artist for his identification, which Kinchelow did not have on him.
“Where are you going?,” the officer asked before threatening an arrest.
Investigators from the Miami Civilian Investigative Panel recommended not sustaining allegations of excessive force and improper procedure against the officer. But they said the officer did not follow procedure when he muted his body camera while interacting with Kinchelow at the station. The CIP is set to vote on the case Tuesday evening.
An internal affairs investigation found no wrongdoing.
Kinchelow was charged with criminal mischief and resisting arrest. The two charges were later dropped.