We received a statement from Little Rock's Mayor Mark Stodola, reached out to the rapper and spoke on the phone with the owner of MetroPlex late Thursday evening.
Little Rock's Mayor sent us a statement late Thursday night regarding the cancellation of the concert. It reads:
"Late this afternoon I, along with members of the Board of Directors, learned of a planned concert featuring a performer with a history of violent incidents at two concerts in the past year as well as a shooting in August of this year that targeted the van in which the performer was riding. While the Little Rock Police Department had obtained intelligence and had been working to increase security, it was my opinion that the concert should not be held. There was no way to guarantee the safety of the audience, to effectively guarantee safety in the large parking lots of the Metroplex and with the State Fair beginning it made no sense to pull police resources from other areas of the city. I began in earnest exploring options for canceling the concert. These included contacting the promoters and venue and urging them to cancel the concert as well as calling a special Board of Directors meeting for tonight to explore the pursuit of an injunction halting the concert. We have made strides in calming the recent uptick in violent crime in the city and putting this event on, considering the propensity of the performer's past concerts prompting violence, defies all logic. Our law enforcement officers are already doing so much. Since my discussions with the sponsors of the concert, I have learned that the concert has been cancelled and the special meeting is no longer necessary. As public officials, our most important duty is public safety. Public safety will continue to be our top priority for all our citizens as we work together to ensure to the best of our ability the safety of our people."
We reached out to a number listed on a social media account for the rapper. When our reporter Price McKeon texted the number about the concert's cancellation she received a reply. It mentioned his current album for sale but there was no response or mention of the concert's cancellation.
We confirmed with the venue owner that the venue Metroplex made the decision to cancel the concert. City Manager Bruce Moore told us the special meeting was cancelled after Metroplex announced the concert's cancellation.
The Moneybagg Yo concert originally scheduled for Friday at the Metroplex has been cancelled. The Little Rock City Board of Directors have also cancelled their previously called special meeting on Thursday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) expressed concerns surrounding a rap concert that is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13 at the Clear Channel Metroplex facility.
Police say performances of Memphis rapper, Demario Dewayne White Jr. also known as "Moneybagg Yo" have ended with people being shot, including at least one homicide.
LRPD Intelligence Division say that the first concert shooting happened on Nov. 24, 2016 in West Point Mississippi where one person was shot and killed. The victim was caught in a crossfire with the intended target.
Earlier this year two men were shot at a Moneybagg Yo concert in Columbus, Georgia as the rapper took the stage. Moneybagg Yo was also involved in a shooting that took place at a rest stop in New Jersey. The van in which he was riding was struck by gunfire and two of his associates were injured. It was reported that the shooting occurred because he did not pay a protection fee to the Sex Money Murder Bloods gang.
Videos have recently surfaced of Moneybagg Yo being in the center of an ongoing quarrel with Finese 2Tymes-- the rapper who was performing in Little Rock back in July where 25 people were shot.
Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner sent a letter to Clear Channel Metroplex stating his concerns that the facility had inadequate security measures for the concert. According to the letter the promoter intends to hire ten-off duty officers to provide security at the event. Chief Buckner requested that the LRPD have a say in the number of officers at the venue to assure the safety of the concert patrons and officers.
Read the full letter here.
Police say several people have been shot at MoneyBaggYo concerts... at least one killed, in separate incidents. #ARNews— Mitchell McCoy (@MitchellMcCoy) October 12, 2017
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