Chicago Sun Times reports:
Rising rap star Chief Keef belongs behind bars for his own safety, Cook County prosecutors said in juvenile court Wednesday.
The Chicago singer, whose real name is Keith Cozart, faces possible retribution for the fatal shooting last month of up-and-coming rapper Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman, Cook County prosecutors said.
Chief Keef isn’t implicated in the Sept. 4 slaying of JoJo, 18, but police are investigating whether the killing was linked to a war of words between the two.
On Wednesday, prosecutors asked Judge Carl Anthony Walker to put Chief Keef in juvenile detention for two alleged violations of probation he received in an unrelated gun case. The judge said he won’t lock up Chief Keef, 17, before he holds a hearing Nov. 20 but he added: “I really believe this minor should be placed on electronic home monitoring.”
Chicago Police officials said they wanted Chief Keef placed in juvenile detention to protect himself and others — and to send a message that everyone, including celebrities, must follow the law.
“Anytime he is in Chicago, he is a potential target and anyone around him is in jeopardy, including innocent kids,” said Nicholas Roti, chief of the Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Bureau.
“This is an example of people who are associated with violence in Chicago who aren’t held accountable for their actions,” Roti said.
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