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Pepper spray, assault arrests, follow rapper’s shopping trip

BILOXI (AP) — At first, it was a rap star on a spring break shopping jaunt on a Mississippi Sunday afternoon. Then, cellphone video shows a security guard pepper spraying rapper Boosie Badazz and his entourage after he told them to leave the Polo Ralph Lauren section of a department store. Finally, police say it was five people attacking the security guard and a Biloxi police officer outside the department store moments later.

Biloxi Police Lt. Christopher De Back said three men face felony assault charges, while two juveniles were also arrested after the mall melee, sparked by what officers said was a disorderly crowd following the rapper.

Formerly known as Lil Boosie, he had performed in Biloxi Saturday night. The Mississippi Gulf Coast was crowded with what police said were as many as 60,000 tourists attending Black Beach Weekend, an annual magnet for young African-Americans from throughout the South. Edgewater Mall, where the incident took place, is a focus for crowds.