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NYPD officer orders authorities to shoot rapper "on sight"

by Kelvin Collado - Staff Writer
Wed, Feb 27th 2019 01:00 pm
Power struggle Rapper 50 Cent (above), is in constant conflict with NYPD officer, Emmanuel Gonzalez.  The incident began with 50 Cent criticizing the precinct and Gonzalez for shutting down the New York City club, Lust and Love. The rapper's comments are what led to Gonzalez fearing for his life and ordering his cops to shoot 50 Cent on sight.
Power struggle Rapper 50 Cent (above), is in constant conflict with NYPD officer, Emmanuel Gonzalez. The incident began with 50 Cent criticizing the precinct and Gonzalez for shutting down the New York City club, Lust and Love. The rapper's comments are what led to Gonzalez fearing for his life and ordering his cops to shoot 50 Cent on sight.

Curtis Jackson, more commonly known as 50 Cent, is a Queens rapper who is arguably one of New York's most influential talents and highly regarded as a successful businessman. New York Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez reportedly commanded his officers at roll call to “shoot him on sight.”

According to Daily News, the deputy inspector made these comments June 7, 2018 meaning this “hit” has been active for quite some time now. Speculations have been made on why Gonzalez would put out a hit on the rapper.

The main theory that continues to be brought up is because 50 Cent has been known to criticize the 72nd precinct for their ongoing harassment of the Brooklyn strip club, Lust and Love.

Gonzalez and the 72nd precinct are seen as corrupt by the hip-hop community for their harrassment of the owner of Lust, Imram Jairm. Jackson, who has a strong relationship with Jairm constantly battled the 72nd precinct over false accusations and false write ups that ultimately ended closing the club.

The closing of the club resulted in a war of words between Jackson and the deputy that escalated to Jackson using his famous catchphrase, “get the strap.” This backfired on him, as it caused the NYPD to conduct an investigation into his comment because they considered it a threat.

Club Lust closed down last summer and the fight between Jackson and the 72nd precinct has continued on to the point where Jackson posted a photo of the deputy inspector on his Instagram along with the caption, “This is Emanuel Gonzalez commanding officer of the 72 precincts. He thinks he got beef with me, so sending the homies to put some work in… #NYNOTSAFE.”

He is also quoted on his Instagram saying, “I take this threat very seriously and I’m consulting with my legal counsel regarding my options moving forward. I am concerned that I was not previously advised of this threat by the NYPD.”

An anonymous source reported that Jackson had recently added more security to his entourage for protection. On February 20, he was seen on Instagram wearing a suit with a bullet proof vest and caption that read, “Just in case you think I’m slipping Emmanuel Gonzalez.”

This isn’t anything new when it comes to the NYPD. The police department tends to target anyone who is currently prominent in the public eye. For instance, a few summers ago formerly incarcerated rapper Meek Mill was arrested and charged with an F-1 felony for riding a dirt bike in the streets of New York.

The constant battle between the NYPD and celebrities is a never ending one but hopefully 50 Cent is the outlier that changes things for the better.

In videos of a press conference held by Emmanuel Gonzalez’s legal team, they are shown asking NYPD commissioner James O’Niell to send investigators to charge 50 Cent with aggravated harassment of a police officer for his previously made comments.

In the meantime, the only thing that has been going on is constant trolling on 50’s end, regularly calling Gonzalez a dirty cop and creating memes illustrating Gonzalez as the villain. It seems like 50 Cent has the support of the public and of course he has the entire hip-hop community backing him up. This back and forth with 50 Cent and the NYPD speaks to a bigger issue between law enforcement and the rap game. 50 Cent is just another rapper caught up in a situation with the NYPD.

Some may feel like the NYPD targets major influencers of rap culture for their lyrics on drugs and violence. But when did an artist’s freedom of expression become a tool of self-incrimination?

In my opinion, artists should have the freedom to say what they want to say in their music as long as what they are actually saying is not being done in real life.

Recently, rapper YNW Melly was arrested on charges of double murder. In his hit song, “Murder On My Mind,” he goes into detail on how he did it. Situations like that should be met with consequences, but most times rappers speak about things that never occurred.

There will always be an argument between self-expression and criminal accountability. But nonetheless, nobody should lose their lives over it.