Police have asked state child welfare officials to investigate possible child abuse or neglect in the case of a 9-year-old who appears in sexually suggestive rap videos.
Brockton police said Monday they haven't filed criminal charges or arrested Luis Rivera, the father of fourth-grader Luie Rivera Jr., who goes by the stage name Lil Poopy.
"I find this absolutely absurd. I find it racially tinged. And I'm hoping that when their department takes a look at it, that this doesn't go any further," Rivera’s attorney Joseph Krowski said.
A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman confirmed that officials are looking into concerns about the young rapper's welfare.
"If you watch the videos, there are absolutely no crimes being committed,” said Krowski. "He's very adjusted, he gets good grades. He participates in extra-curricular activities. School always comes first. He just happens to have a God-given exceptional talent."
The investigation will include interviews with everyone who lives in the child's home and likely others who have contact with the 9-year-old, such as school officials, DCF spokeswoman Cayenne Isaksen said. Child welfare officials can refer the case to the local district attorney's office if an investigation finds any criminal behavior, she said.
"The filers of this report wanted to make sure the child is being properly cared for," Isaksen said. "... So the department will look into all aspects of this."
"Based upon (the complainant’s) uninformed, subjective opinion, decided he didn't like what he saw, and he contacted DCF and asked them to institute a 51a investigation," said Krowski.
The videos show the boy slapping a woman's buttocks, engaging in sexually suggestive dances and glorifying drug use and materialism.
Krowski said he knows the family and Luis Rivera would not do anything to hurt his son.
"Exceptional parents. I know Mr. Rivera. I know school comes first. I know that he makes sure that he gets good grades," Krowski said.
Lil Poopy music that was posted to an online mix tape site last October has lyrics that include him singing about being a "bad boy" and a "cocaine cowboy."
"He's got a First Amendment, legal right to sing the rap that he's singing. If you watch the videos, there are absolutely no crimes being committed," Krowski said.
The video showed about 8,600 downloads and 195,000 views by Monday afternoon.
YouTube posts also feature the boy singing "Coke ain't a bad word," and show him with Coca-Cola.
“I would absolutely let my kids participate in one of those videos. If they had that type of talent to do that, and that's what they wanted to do – absolutely," Krowski said.
"For his age, absolutely inappropriate. Too young,” one resident said.
Local parents said they get especially uneasy when they see the young rapper slapping a woman repeatedly on the buttocks.
"Not that part with the booty slap and all that. I think that comes from parenting. I don't think that he should have been allowed to do that,” one parent said.