It was reported that music videos of UK artists could be used as evidence in court.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced yesterday (June 24) that music videos of UK drills could be presented as “admissible evidence for jury adjudication” if they can link a gang-affiliated suspect to the offenses.
Max Hill, QC – Director of Public Prosecutions – said music videos can serve as evidence if they help illustrate “modus operandi” of violent situations such as gang attacks.
According to the UK Complex report, Hill said: “Drilling music, by its very nature, is designed to shock, but it is not a crime and must be given due weight. What police officers, if any, are in question. [diciendo al tribunal] is: ‘I have heard it many times, I can say what is said; I can suggest which drug you are referring to.
In January, the CPS announced that it would review its guidance on the use of drum letters as evidence against defendants in criminal trials. The CPS then stated that there was still no case where drill music had been used incorrectly as evidence. Defense attorneys and academics have raised concerns about the use of song lyrics in drill artist trials.
Last July, the Prosecutor’s Office launched the first Serious Violence, Organized Crime and Exploitation (SVOCE) unit to deal with gang-related murders, drug trafficking and street crime. The song lyrics unit used the drills as evidence in the cases.
In a press release issued earlier this week, the CPS pointed out that five cases to date have used lyrics to drill music as evidence. The statement describes drill music as “a type of hip-hop that often contains lyrics that refer to drugs and street crime.”
“A darker side of this genre can see song lyrics linked to gang violence and death threats, which, if relevant to your case, can be part of the evidence,” the statement said.