By Trevor Hughes, The Coloradoan
An aspiring teenage rapper accused of threatening his roommates with a knife was recording a music video about being surrounded by the SWAT team when a flash bang grenade went off in his Fort Collins home.
Police arrested Josh Jackson, 19, late Monday and said he faces felony menacing charges. Jackson goes by the name Adequate Advocate and, in his rap, discusses his roommates and his family.
The title of the video is "police are trying to murder me as I write this." Jackson posted a series of Facebook messages earlier in the day about the 5th Amendment, which addresses search warrants and criminal prosecutions.
"Bring the motherf------ SWAT team, special weapons and tactics, operation," Jackson raps. "I'm not a criminal, I'm political, and right now... Oh s---! You heard the blast."
The video ends abruptly after the grenade goes off. Police exploded several of the flash-bangs late Monday night in an effort to get Jackson to leave the single-story rental home on Duke Lane, just east of College Avenue in Midtown Fort Collins.
Police Capt. Jerry Schiager said of the man later identified as Jackson: "He's got a history of resisting the police in the past."
Late Monday night, more than 15 marked police cars were in the neighborhood, along with the SWAT team's Bearcat armored vehicle. Jackson also video recorded at least some of his conversations with police officers, and posted several Facebook status updates telling people he was unarmed.
Police repeatedly made loud announcements ordering Jackson to leave the home. Jackson's roommates told police he threatened them with a knife.
"Police think I'm a fiend. That's why right now literally they're outside my house," Jackson rapped on the video before the grenade exploded. "Because my roommates done did it. Done thought that I was a misfit. Done thought that I had my wrist slit too many times. Done thought that too many people had left my mind."
The police activity drew dozens of residents out of their homes to watch from several blocks away.
Jackson is due in court Aug. 13.