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A Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman has shown support for rapper T-Pain and fellow rapper Amber Ruffin for a video aimed at taming the “f—– up” criminal justice system.
On Sunday, Ruffin called the recent verdict in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, mass shooting a “house of cards” and for the federal government to end law enforcement brutality.
Her video has been viewed nearly 4 million times since.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted praise for the video: “Thank you! Americans know the ‘f—– up’ truth.”
T-Pain responded by saying “thank you for supporting me!”
T-Pain, the pseudonym of popular hip-hop artist, Marshall Mathers, replied to Omar’s tweet by saying: “Thank you for supporting me!”
He has since posted about the verdict in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Hasan Abu-Rahman on the grounds of a Philadelphia mosque.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption He has said he was “offended” by the verdict
He told reporters: “I was offended. I didn’t agree with it but I wasn’t surprised.”
Mr Abu-Rahman was sentenced to 35 years in prison for shooting three people during a break-in at the Al-Hamra mosque in November 2016.
A jury found that none of the victims were the intended target and that they had not been attempting to steal weapons at the time of the incident.
Prosecutors have not yet released the names of the people who were shot.
Ms Ruffin, who also worked with Ms Omar on the video, explained her message on Twitter: “We don’t need justice: we need a change in systems,” she said, arguing that people get better treatment from the system when they are white and/or rich.
Image copyright @AmberRuffin/YouTube Image caption Her clip has been viewed nearly 4 million times
“I don’t believe that black people are always innocent,” she added.
T-Pain later tweeted a link to an article on the Philly.com website, which said that the facts of the case presented at the sentencing hearing and a jury note that gave further context to the case led to the 35-year sentence.
“I thought this post was incorrect,” T-Pain wrote. “I can’t see it. Please have people read.”
T-Pain has also released a charity single in a charity with Ms Ruffin, centred around equal pay for women in the workplace.