Thursday, January 17, 2019

Highland Park police release statement on aggressive confrontation with Moodymann

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 11:17 AM

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On Wednesday, globally recognized Detroit DJ and producer Moodymann (real name Kenny Dixon Jr.) made headlines after uploading a video to his Instagram account appearing to show an aggressive encounter with Highland Park police.

The original video, which has since been deleted from the artist's account, shows Moodymann in a parked vehicle looking down the barrel of an AR-15-style rifle. In the post, Moodymann claims that as many as nine police officers came into "my BACKYARD" demanding proof of ownership for a property.

Following a wave of questions, Highland Park police have come forward to release a statement regarding the incident and the video:

On Saturday while conducting a proactive patrol regarding possible illegal scraping [sic] HPPD officers encountered Mr. Dixon.  During the encounter, Mr. Dixon did not produce personal ID nor proof of ownership of the property and was subsequently arrested and conveyed to HPPD. Further investigation confirmed ownership and Mr. Dixon was released and issued several citations regarding this incident. Mr. Dixon has since met with HPPD and this matter was resolved to the satisfaction of Mr. Dixon.

Moodymann has been a purveyor of Detroit house and techno music since the early '90s. The notoriously reclusive DJ has gone to great lengths to maintain a low profile, refusing interviews and often performing with glasses, hats, and even hairnets to obstruct the view of his face.

In recent years, Moodymann's influence has crossed over into popular culture — most recognized as a featured sample on Drake's popular song "Passionfruit" from the Canadian rapper's 2017 mixtape More Life. In 2016, he collaborated with Carhartt WIP for a limited run of apparel with designs from Moghani Music record label.

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