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2nd claim filed against Tempe over rap video

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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 2:36 am | Updated: 7:13 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A second black man who was told by a white police officer that he could get out of a littering ticket if he rapped on a Tempe police-produced TV program in November now wants $50,000 from the city.

Robert Tarvin filed a claim with the city on Monday, said city spokeswoman Nikki Ripley. The amount he wants is a fraction of the $500,000 his cousin, Louis Baker, demanded in a similar claim earlier this month.

A claim is the first step toward a lawsuit. The city now has 60 days to respond.

On the show, “Tempe Street-Beat,” police Sgt. Chuck Schoville was seen telling Tarvin and Baker to rap to get out of the ticket. A city investigation later determined that the two men, who are both black, had told Schoville they were aspiring rappers, but the investigation still blamed Schoville and city employees who produced the show.

The November episode of “Tempe StreetBeat,” which aired 20 times on the city’s cable channel, came to national attention after leaders of two minority rights organizations, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Action Network, spoke out against its racial overtones last year.

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