Kodak Black performs onstage during the 'Dying to Live' tour at Hollywood Palladium
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Kodak Black‘s mother, Marcelene Simmons, has officially hired Benjamin Crump, the civil rights lawyer who represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. The news comes after the rapper spoke about being allegedly mistreated in federal prison.

Speaking to Miami’s WSVN 7News, Crump raised concerns about how the prison administration has been treating his client, saying: “We know something happened in that prison.”

The lawyer claims that Black has been physically and verbally abused, denied visitations, and transferred to a Kentucky facility without notice. The rapper’s mother has also been pretty vocal about her concerns. “I want to make sure they don’t kill my son,” Simmons said. “If they kill my son, if my son dies, I’m going to kill myself too.”

Kodak Black, real name Bill K. Kapri, has recently taken to Instagram to call out the alleged abuse towards him. “Lieutenant F. Arroyo has been very vindictive towards me and I have a strong feeling it has something to do with me being set up, laced, bruised and brutally beaten two weeks before my court date,” Kapri wrote.

The Florida rapper then detailed how the prison administration has allegedly denied him family visits, medical care, and food. He is also claiming that they’re “strategically killing [him] slowly.”

Kapri is currently serving a four-year sentence in federal prison due to weapons charges. In 2017, he was indicted on first-degree criminal sexual misconduct charges, after attacking a teenage girl following a concert in 2016.

Check out Kodak Black’s full statement below.

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Lieutenant F. Arroyo has been very vindictive towards me and I have a strong feeling it has something to do with me being set up, laced, bruised and brutally beaten two weeks before my court date. There is a big conspiracy going on in this building on Me. Santiago Torres is using her position wrongfully in Miami FDC and is abusing her authority. She has been writing falsified incident reports on me, to take phone privileges that I get once a week while in solitary. Also, doing anything to take my gain time so that I come home literally when I am supposed to. One morning, she pulled me out my cell to tell me she is going to “Take my pretty little girlfriend off my visitation list’. For no other reason but to add insult to my distress. Not being able to see my significant other while locked away in this hell hole. Also, I was denied visit with my mother on December 23, two days before Christmas. Not only does my incoming mail take an average of a month To get to me but they are messing with my outgoing mail as well. My family hasn’t received none of my letters for the holidays. Which is borderline cruel and unethical, but as if all this is not enough, on December 31 New Year’s Eve to be exact, I was handed an empty tray for breakfast. I brought it to their attention, but nothing was done for me. Since the camera shows them entering a tray through my flap, but meanwhile there is nothing in my tray when i. opened it. They are strategically killing me slowly in here. I have been humiliated over and over again. I am highly disappointed in the way they have treated not only me, but all the other inmates in this facility. With their self serving agenda they will always side with their fellow officers whether right or wrong.

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