Chance The Rapper live-streamed a traffic stop to Instagram on Sunday, telling his followers “just want y’all to be here in case it gets out of hand.”
The muso streamed from the passenger seat, after his former partner Kirsten Corley was pulled over in Chicago for a traffic infringement.
Footage subsequently reposted on YouTube shows the pair calmly discussing the traffic stop, before Chance tilts the camera to show their child Kensli in the back seat. Flashing police lights can also be seen through the back window.
Speaking directly to his audience, Chance said “I have great faith in humanity and the men and women that put on the badge, but, you know, you can’t be too careful,” adding “policing as a system is disproportionately racist and oppressive.”
He also responded to World Star Hip Hop appearing in the list of viewers, saying “y’all can definitely help me out if it goes sideways.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Illinois Police issued Corley with a warning for a moving violation.
Chance’s stream comes over a year after Philando Castile was shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop. Castile’s partner started a Facebook Live stream after he was shot; that footage was later shared across the internet, and was pointed to as evidence of the potentially deadly racial discrimination present in American police departments.
In a 2016 performance on Saturday Night Live, Chance also referenced former Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with murder over the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald.