Two rappers guilty of threatening video

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Two men accused of making a rap video that threatened two Pittsburgh police officers last year were found guilty Thursday on charges including witness intimidation and conspiracy.

Rashee Beasley, 22, of Garfield, and Jamal Knox, 19, of East Liberty, will be sentenced Feb. 6 by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning.

The two men were accused of making a rap video posted to YouTube in November 2012. The song specifically referenced two Pittsburgh officers by name — two of the same officers who were involved in arresting the men seven months earlier on gun and drug charges.

Judge Manning disagreed that the video was protected by free speech laws, saying it “far exceeds what the First Amendment allows.”

Both Beasley and Knox were found guilty of intimidation of witnesses, terroristic threats and conspiracy and of the drug charges.



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