A concert in Jonesboro,
Arkansas featuring Nelly, St. Lunatics and other artists ended with the arrest
of a Derrty Ent. production manager and the 15-year-old brother of group member’s
Murphy Lee and Kyjuan.
The concert took
place at the Arkansas Sate University’s Convocation Center on Saturday (March
12th) and drew controversy from the start. Weeks before the concert, a group
of ministers vowed to oppose the appearance of chart topping rap acts.
A representative with Nelly told AllHipHop.com that the night
of the show a strong police presence was established.
"There was a stronger police presence there than there
usually is for these types of events," the rep explained. "During
the show Murphy Lee and Kyjuan’s younger brother, who is 15-years-old, was in
the audience selling cd’s with a friend when police told them he couldn’t sell
the cd’s. They then stopped selling the cd’s and started giving them away.
According to other sources officers stunned the 15-year-old
with a taser without just cause.
The boy, his friend and Nelly’s production manager were arrested
as well. All were charged with resisting arrest, assault and trespassing.
After executives for Derrty Entertainment posted bail, the police
reportedly escorted the tour bus out of the city of Jonesboro.
Derrty Entertainment executives are may take legal action against
the Jonesboro police department.
Over 6,000 tickets were sold at the convocation center, which
is a state funded building.
Police spokespersons for the Jonesboro Police Department were
not available at press time, but one officer confirmed a disturbance at the
The concert was
booked by a local college and was one of several college tour dates the group
has embarked upon, as they gear up for the national "Sweat/Suit: Up Close
& Personal" tour with T.I. and Fat Joe.