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George the Poet 'cuffed and dragged' outside parents home

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FOLLOWING A sold out London show and a week full of inspirational talks up and down the country, George the Poet has revealed details behind an unfortunate police interaction which took place outside his parents' home.

Taking to both Twitter and Instagram, the wordsmith detailed the heavy-handed incident, in which police approached George about his car while outside his parents' house. He said police "rolled up in a big van asking questions about my car - I answered and verified."

From there, the policemen reportedly asked him to "move my hand from my waistband" and "cuffed my car for weapons. This followed with a a strip search and "they then took 20 mins to write my search slip, being rude to my parents and neighbours the whole time."

The London-born spoken word performer went onto express is disappointment in the overpolicing many young black males face and his lack of faith in the system.

He wrote: "This week I've done talks on diversity in Cambridge and Cardiff. Both were amazing experiences. Last night I delivered a show about all aspects of English life - school, relationships, politics, colonialism. Police didn't get a mention once cos as a grown man I'm sick of talking about them. They will never change and they don't deserve my energy. But to be cuffed and dragged around in front of my parents while they make up lies about me being aggressive and having weapons...it's a reminder that we don't fight on our own terms, we fight on theirs."

Last night after a beautiful sold out show I was chilling outside my parents' house when police rolled up in that big van asking questions about my car. I answered and verified. Then they told me to move my hand from my waistband. Out of nowhere they cuffed me and searched my car for weapons. After the car itself was the first issue ????. They put me in the van and did a strip search. They then took 20 mins to write my search slip, being rude to my parents and neighbours the whole time • This week I've done talks on diversity in Cambridge and Cardiff. Both were amazing experiences. Last night I delivered a show about all aspects of English life - school, relationships, politics, colonialism. Police didn't get a mention once cos as a grown man I'm sick of talking about them. They will never change and they don't deserve my energy. But to be cuffed and dragged around in front of my parents while they make up lies about me being aggressive and having weapons...it's a reminder that we don't fight on our own terms, we fight on theirs. To all my young boys who are locked in conflict with each other, please wake up and realise who your real enemies are. Realise how much harder you're making it for your children. These people don't wanna see us up, but still like dust we'll rise • I don't like sharing images of me being handled like a second class citizen by public servants whose salaries we pay taxes for. This is not how I see myself, and it's not what I invite into my life. But these images should be an education for anyone who doesn't understand the toxic energies that are quietly spread throughout our community by state actors. Imagine if my nephews woke up and saw their big famous uncle getting handled like this. What seeds would that sow in them? Writing this post was boring, I've got better things to do. Sorry to anyone who was woken up by the noise.

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He added a plea for young black boys to stop the violence amongst themselves and to recognise "who your real enemies are".

"I don't like sharing images of me being handled like a second class citizen by public servants whose salaries we pay taxes for. This is not how I see myself, and it's not what I invite into my life. But these images should be an education for anyone who doesn't understand the toxic energies that are quietly spread throughout our community by state actors," he added.

"Imagine if my nephews woke up and saw their big famous uncle getting handled like this. What seeds would that sow in them? Writing this post was boring, I've got better things to do. Sorry to anyone who was woken up by the noise."

After sharing his story, he received an outpour of support on social media, and thanked those for their kind words, but noted that he was ok and not charged.

"Thanks for all your concern but I'm fine guys," George tweeted. "Police found me outside my parents' house and harassed me, no charge no stress. The real story is the amazing human beings who made my #HYHGP show tonight so special. I love you people so much."

He added: "I'm overwhelmed by all your support, thank you. And thanks to the police officers who have DM'd me apologising on their colleagues' behalfs. But obviously the disrespect is intense. I'm annoyed because I don't want this to be part of my narrative, but we don't get a say in this."

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