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Wiz Khalifa got handcuffed on Saturday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport because he wouldn’t get off his hoverboard, the rapper said on social media.
Several U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers apparently threw Khalifa, 27, to the ground at around 4 p.m. a video posted to his instagram feed shows.
“Get on the ground,” one of the officers said in the video. “Stop resisting.” The dreadlocked Khalifa allowed the officers to handcuff him in the short video. “I’m not resisting, sir,” he said several times.
The rapper took a flight to L.A. on Saturday after stays in France and Finland,he wrote on twitter earlier in the day. He told fans the interaction with cops was “all because I didn't want to ditch the (technology) everyone will be using in the next 6 months.”
He said in a later Tweet , “I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards so if you don't like it eat a d---!”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Khalifa was arrested. Representatives for his record label didn't immediately respond to a request for more information early Sunday. A spokeswoman for LAX also didn't immediately respond to a request for official confirmation of the incident.
But the Los Angeles Airport Police had no interaction with Khalifa on Saturday, Officer Alicia Hernandez told the Daily News. The officers in the video appear to be CBP officers, she said.
A CBP spokesman declined to discuss any specific cases, citing privacy rules in an email. But the spokesman did outline the agency's protocol for airport customs areas.
"All travelers arriving into the U.S. are subject to CBP inspection, and for their own safety and the safety of other passengers, must follow officers’ instructions while in the federal inspection service area," he said. "CBP officers are conducting their critical national security mission while facilitating the entry of legitimate travelers. An uncompliant passenger or any disruptive behavior could put many at risk at this highly secure area."
A picture from Tuesday shows Khalifa standing on top of a wheeled hoverboard at the airport. But the board didn’t show up in any of the footage or pictures from Saturday afternoon.
Khalifa spoke with the officers as people stood in line behind him in a video on his Twitter feed. The video was filmed one minute before he was thrown to the ground, according to its timestamp.
“I didn’t do nothing, anyway,” he told the officers. “What you want to do? Put me in jail because I didn’t listen to what you say? We can have all the conversations you want to, you can end up on TMZ, destined to become as famous as you wanna be.”
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