Rising Chicago rapper Chief Keef nestled the butt of a Ruger 10/22 semiautomatic rifle against his shoulder and squeezed off a burst of bullets.
The markmanship demonstration was videotaped in June at a New York gun range as part of a promotion for the 17-year-old musician.
But on Tuesday, the video came back to haunt Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart. He was thrown in jail after a Cook County juvenile court judge decided the video was evidence of a probation violation.
“There is a clear record of a disregard for the court’s authority,” Judge Carl Anthony Walker said. He scheduled a sentencing hearing for Thursday.
Last January, Cozart was sentenced to 18 months of probation after he was convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for pointing a gun at Chicago Police officers.
As a condition of his probation, the judge had ordered Cozart not to have contact with guns, gangs or drugs.
Cozart, who wore camouflage pants, a black, hooded sweatshirt and yellow Timberland boots on Tuesday, was mum as deputies led him out of court with his hands cuffed behind his back. Outside court, his manager told reporters: “You can kiss my ass.”
Also Tuesday, prosecutors presented new evidence involving Cozart’s living arrangements.
They said a relative of Cozart is renting a home in upscale Northbrook and Cozart’s name is on the lease — even though the rapper told his probation officer that he was living in south suburban Dolton.