The petition, was started on Sunday by Trudy A. Brown, a ‘concerned U.S. citizen’ who points out Mavado’s past conviction in Jamaica for assault and suggest he should be sent back to his native country as a result. The petition is currently on the White House’s We The People website and only has nine signatures so far
“Reggae artiste David Brooks is a non-citizen felon residing in the USA. He was convicted in May 2012 in Jamaica for serious assault,” the petition reads. “It is grossly unfair that undocumented immigrants with NO serious criminal records are deported daily while a convicted felon, such as Mavado, has carte blanche to live and work here.”
Additionally, Brown’s petition points to a 2013 investigation involving U.S. State Department law enforcement officer, David Rainsberger, who admitted to accepting gifts and backstage passes while stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston from entertainer whose initials were D.B. He later served a year-long prison sentence after pleading guilty to receiving unlawful gratuities.
Mavado’s real name is David Brooks. However, it was never proven that he was the entertainer in question who made the alleged bribes.
Mavado has been living in the United States since 2011 after regaining his American visa after it was revoked a year earlier. The award-winning singer is currently residing in Florida with his wife and family and has been signed to DJ Khaled’s We the Best Music Group since September 2011.
The petition must reach 10,000 signatures by February 10, 2015 before it can be reviewed by officials in the Obama administration, followed by an official response by said officials.
You can read the full petition here.