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Rapper on house arrest after posing with gun in front of Monroeville police car

Aaron Aupperlee
| Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 3:15 p.m.

Rapper TrippyDoo was put under house arrest after a judge determined posing in front of a parked Monroeville police car with an AR-15 was dangerous and reckless.

Brennan Brooks-Boyd, 23, must wear an ankle monitoring device, turn over all guns to police and be on good behavior, his attorney Patrick Thomassey said.

Brooks-Boyd is facing unrelated charges out of East McKeesport for carrying a firearm without a license and other traffic violations. He was out of jail on his own recognizance. Thomassey said the judge did the right thing by not throwing his client in jail.

“He created a dangerous situation,” Thomassey said after a hearing before Judge Jeffrey A. Manning. “This was his promoter's idea. He's doing a rap song about this.”

Thomassey said Manning was concerned what might have happened had a police lieutenant looked out of his house to see Brooks-Boyd posing in front of the car with a gun.

Brooks-Boyd told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday the image and crude remark that accompanied it on Facebook were posted to promote a new single he is about to release, “(Expletive) 5-0,” which is a slang reference to police. The photo was taken a few days ago in front of an unoccupied police car along Haymaker Road in Monroeville, Brooks-Boyd said. A Monroeville police lieutenant parks the car on the road, Thomassey said.

Thomassey said that his client didn't break the law or the terms of his bond by posing with the rifle. Brooks-Boyd was prohibited from possessing a handgun while out of jail but not a rifle. He didn't point the rifle at anyone or use it to threaten anyone, Thomassey said.

Brooks-Boyd's East McKeesport case is scheduled for a formal arraignment next week.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at, 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.

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