Rapper 50 Cent is contemplating legal action against an active NYPD officer who allegedly told his colleagues to “shoot him on sight.”
New York Daily News reports Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez is under internal investigation following comments made before 50 Cent’s appearance at a New York City boxing match in June last year.
Citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the incident, Gonzalez allegedly made the statement during a roll-call before the event. Although Gonzalez reportedly tried passing the comment off as a joke, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed to the outlet “the incident is under internal review.”
The alleged comment came after 50 Cent accused Gonzalez of unfairly targeting the owner of one of his favourite clubs, which eventually closed after being served a number of violation notices.
The rapper took to Instagram to make the accusation, along with the phrase “get the strap.” Gonzalez alleged 50 Cent’s comment incited his fans to threaten him, and subsequently filed an aggravated harassment complaint. The rapper nuked his post and no charges were laid.
In a statement posted on Instagram today, 50 Cent said “I take this threat very seriously and im 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.”
He included the hashtags #NYnotSafe and #TheGangstagotabadge.
The alleged incident comes amid continued scrutiny on police brutality against black Americans, especially those without the kind of international platform afforded to performers like 50.