Oakland-based rapper Zoe Tha Roasta was awarded a $175,000 settlement by a federal jury after the rappers aid that an Oakland police officer planted a gun on the parolee causing him to spend close to two years in jail for possessing a weapon illegally.
Zoe Tha Roasta, born Lorenzo Hall, will receive $100,000 in general damages and $75,000 in punitive damages, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Hall was attending a wake for his aunt on Avenal Avenue in East Oakland when [Oakland Police Officer Ramon] Alcantar arrested him June 23, 2006, for numerous weapons offenses, including being a felon in possession of a gun. A confidential informant had tipped police that a man named “Zo” was carrying a gun, the Police Department said.
But Hall said he never had a gun and that after he was put into the back of a patrol car, Alcantar told him through the open window, “I found your gun.”
Hall began yelling out “to anyone in the vicinity that the officer was trying to put a gun on him,” according to the suit he filed last year. Alcantar then rolled up the patrol car’s windows, the complaint said.
The gun turned out to belong to another man who had hidden it in a car parked near the wake, said Ben Nisenbaum, Hall’s attorney.