December 6, 2023
Torrence Hatch Jr aka “Boosie Badazz.” Photograph by way of @ComplexMusic Twitter

Louisiana-based rapper Boosie Badazz, who was arrested in San Diego final month for allegedly being a felon in possession of a gun, is anticipated to be launched from federal custody following a choose’s order Tuesday granting him bail.

The 40-year-old rapper, whose actual title is Torrence Ivy Hatch Jr., was initially charged by state prosecutors following his Might 6 arrest throughout a site visitors cease within the Chollas View neighborhood.

Hatch was in San Diego to movie a music video and carried out later that night time at a Gaslamp Quarter nightclub. Social media movies of the efficiency present Hatch main a crowd right into a chant of “(Expletive) San Diego police.”

In line with one in every of his attorneys, Meghan Blanco, Hatch was ready to plead responsible within the state’s case and was anticipated to be sentenced to probation. Nevertheless, the state’s case was dismissed and following a courtroom look final week, Hatch was arrested on newly filed federal expenses.

He has remained in custody since then, as federal prosecutors acknowledged they wanted further time to organize for a listening to concerning Hatch’s detention standing.

On Tuesday, U.S. Justice of the Peace Choose Allison Goddard granted Hatch bail and if launched, he must comply with a variety of circumstances, together with no journey outdoors of the US. Hatch is anticipated to seem in federal courtroom subsequent week for one more listening to within the case.

Assistant U.S. Lawyer Sandor Callahan argued in courtroom that Hatch introduced a hazard to the group and was a flight danger, whereas Blanco argued her shopper was compliant with all state courtroom circumstances and made all courtroom appearances whereas out of custody.

Callahan stated that on Might 6, Hatch was seen in an Instagram Stay video with a gun tucked into his waistband. Police used a helicopter to identify the SUV Hatch was using in and stopped it.

The prosecutor stated officers discovered two weapons within the SUV: one in a safety guard’s bag and one on the seat between Hatch and the guard. A kind of weapons matched the one seen within the Instagram video, he alleged.

He additionally claimed an officer overheard Hatch threatening the safety guard for not taking the blame for the weapons. Callahan alleged Hatch advised the guard, “You’re gonna be in a physique bag.”

The prosecutor described the incident as “a effectively thought-out plan to arm himself and conceal the reality from regulation enforcement.”

In audio recordings performed in courtroom, Hatch is heard repeatedly telling officers that the weapons belonged to his safety guard and that he solely had the gun in his waistband for the music video he was taking pictures.

Blanco advised the choose the guard introduced the weapons when he flew to San Diego from Georgia and declared each weapons to TSA officers. She additionally denied Hatch ever threatened the guard and stated if such a risk was made, it will have been recorded on one of many officers’ body-worn cameras.

She stated Hatch didn’t current a hazard to the group, as his prior convictions are nonviolent and are associated to marijuana possession and distribution.

Relating to the chance of flight, she stated that although he has few ties to Southern California, Hatch has in depth ties to his group, household, and followers, a few of whom attended Tuesday’s listening to.

The lawyer accused San Diego police of using a disproportionate response — together with over 14 officers and a helicopter — for a felon in possession of a firearm case and stated prosecutors’ delay of his detention listening to price him $160,000 he would have made by way of performances and different work obligations over the weekend.

“It’s outrageous that the federal government determined to swoop on the day that he was going to enter a plea for probation, pull him in federally, detain him, after which announce an incapacity to maneuver ahead with their detention listening to, figuring out what he had scheduled the next weekend,” she stated.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.