Arrested for a YouTube Video


When you’ve committed a crime, it’s probably for the best that you don’t announce that across the internet. A reputed Florida gang member is now facing a felony charge for uploading a homemade rap video to YouTube. And the music isn’t even the most criminal thing about it.

Tito Burney is a member of St. Petersburg’s Auburn Park crew and was arrested on multiple felony counts. His bond sits at a cool $80,000. The 26-year-old was arrested for posting a music video for “Aint Dunkin No Rec” on YouTube in February 2022. This goes against a law barring “criminal gang electronic communication.”

Police allege that the song contains lyrics that “are being utilized to benefit, promote, or further the interests of the Auburn Park gang” and “intimidate or harass other persons.” Burney also rapped about handling “beef” with weapons, specifically firearms and spoke of “doing a drive-by shooting” with a TEC-9 submachine gun.

In the video filmed outside a St. Petersburg food market, authorities alleged that Burney “appears to be holding real firearms.” When arrested, Burney was carrying a stolen Beretta handgun, which allowed cops to charge him with three more felonies on top of the video charge.

This isn’t Burney’s first arrest and it probably won’t be his last either. He has been previously convicted for criminal mischief, grand theft auto, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing police, trespass, heroin possession, fleeing law enforcement, Ecstasy possession and firearms possession by a convicted felon.


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