Western student arrested for YouTube rap

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A Missouri Western Student will be arraigned on five felony counts on Oct. 11, stemming from a video posted on YouTube.

On Sept. 18 Andrew County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Stevenson filed charges against Kenneth Darrell Black Jr., a 20-year-old business major, along with accom­plice Benjamin D. Stevens.

The two men allegedly constructed a rap video where they expressed wishes to kill and/or rape specific officers from the Savannah and Country Club Village police forces. The young men allegedly went on to make threats of lewd conduct toward a judge in the video.

“It just went to far,” said Stevenson in an interview with Inqirerer.net. “It’s better to be safe than to have another Columbine on your hands.
The Felony charges that Black and Stevens faces are as follows:

• Two counts of Tampering with a Judicial Officer ­—Class C felonies

• One count of conspicacy to commit forcible rape —unclassified felony

• One count of making a terroristic threat ­— Class C felony

• One count of conspicacy to to commit second degree assault —Class D felony

The Savannah police department went so far as to charge Black with a misdemeanor offense of disturbing the peace.

Making threats of violence against the police and judicial system are not new events. Black and Stevens apparently crossed the line when they named spe­cific officers and had video footage of them while they were on the job.

The general consensus from people that know Black personally claim that he is a good natured kid.

Haley Bunker, Black’s supervisor at PacSun has worked with him for over six months.

“Ken is the comedian of the bunch,” Bunker said. “He is doing a great job of keeping his spirits up during all of this.”

It’s not hard to find supporters of this Missouri Western Dean’s list student.

“He (Black) is a very well mannered young man…. and his family members are good people,” MWSU Gold Coat supporters Charlie and Clara Brown said. The Browns have been neighbors to the Blacks longer than they can remember.

Josh Wilson has known Black since their sophomore year at Savannah High School.
“Ken is a good friend,” Wilson said.

But apparantly Wilson didn’t get a chance to see the video online.

“I don’t get on there much,” Wilson said about the video sharing site.

Black was released two days after his arrest on $100,000 bond. In comparison the suspect in the University of Delaware shooting was set for bond at $75,000.

There doesn’t seem to be equal judgement applied to the bonds in these two cases.

Black gave no comment when asked if he had any message to his fellow students.

The video was labeled “Kop Killa” and has been removed from Internet.

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