NYPD investigating claims that police commander told officers to shoot 50 Cent 'on sight'
The New York Police Department is investigating allegations that a precinct commander threatened rapper 50 Cent.
Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez is accused of allegedly telling officers to shoot the In Da Club star "on sight" during a police roll-call for a boxing match which the star was due to attend.
The incident was not recorded and Detective Inspector Gonzalez, who is commander of the city's 72nd precinct in Brooklyn, reportedly attempted to pass the comment off as a joke.
However, his words were apparently reported to NYPD Internal Affairs by at least one officer in attendance, spurring an inquiry.
50 Cent seemingly knew nothing about the alleged threat until the incident hit the news; he took to social media yesterday to claim the officer was "abusing his power", adding that he had consulted with his lawyers.
"This is how I wake up this morning," he wrote. "This guy Emanuel Gonzales is a dirty cop abusing his POWER. The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun. I take this threat very seriously and I'm consulting with my legal counsel regarding my options moving forward." [sic]
He continued: "Mayor de Blasio we have a system in place that doesn’t work with out good people. This piece a sh*t Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez has to be dealt with. He is an embarrassment to Law Enforcement’s... Keep in mind there are some good people working in Law Enforcement. Like the officers that reported what he said to them. Emanuel Gonzalez is Gangsta with a badge." [sic]
The rapper's representatives said in a statement: "He is concerned that he was not previously advised of this threat by the NYPD and even more concerned that Gonzalez continues to carry a badge and a gun."
However, Roy Richter, president of the NYPD Captains Endowment Association, called the allegations against Dect Insp Gonzalez "completely false," insisting that 50 Cent threatened the officer in a now-deleted social media post in 2018.
The rapper is said to have threatened him on Instagram in response to claims that Dect Insp Gonzalez had unfairly investigated one of 50 Cent's favourite nightclubs.
"It was 50 Cent who put the safety of the Inspector and his family in jeopardy by publishing a threatening tweet that called for violence last year," Richter said in a statement to CNN on Sunday.
NYPD Sgt. Jessica McRorie confirmed that the NYPD had filed a formal complaint on behalf of Dect Insp Gonzalez against 50 Cent for aggravated harassment in May 2018.
50 had allegedly mocked the complaint in posts online, writing that the police should get "back to fighting crime".
The Candy Shop star hit the news last week when he slammed Gucci for their alleged 'blackface jumper'.
Posting a clip to Instagram on Wednesday of him burning one of his Gucci t-shirts, he wrote: "I gotta get rid of all the Gucci I have at home. I’m not supporting their brand anymore."