NYPD closes investigation into LEO's 'shoot on sight' comment about rapper 50 Cent
The LEO allegedly told his cops to shoot the rapper on sight if they saw him at a department-sanctioned boxing match. He quickly said the comment was a joke
By Thomas Tracy
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau closed its investigation into a Brooklyn precinct commander’s orders to shoot rapper 50 Cent on sight, claiming the directive made in a squad room full of cops was a just a bad joke, and not an actual threat, the Daily News has learned.
Investigators determined that 72nd Precinct Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez made the comment, but didn’t mean it to be a threat against the “In Da Club” rapper, sources with knowledge of the case said.
Since IAB couldn’t prove any malice or intent behind the statement, detectives closed the case without filing any departmental or criminal charges, sources said.
Gonzalez allegedly told his cops to shoot the “Power” actor on sight if they saw him at a department-sanctioned boxing match called a smoker.
He quickly passed the comment off as a joke, but it rattled his officers so much that one sent a text message about it that got other Sunset Park cops buzzing.
“The inspector just said at roll call if u see Kurtis Jackson (aka 50cent) shoot on site … I’m like wtf,” the officer wrote on June 8, 2018, according to a copy of the text obtained by The News.
Gonzalez’s gaffe finally made its way to police headquarters, where IAB launched an internal review.
At least eight cops and a supervisor confirmed that Gonzalez made the remark during a roll call, sources said.
An NYPD spokeswoman confirmed that the case is closed.
“This allegation was unsubstantiated and closed,” the spokeswoman said.
An email to a spokeswoman for the rapper — whose real name is Curtis Jackson — was not immediately returned.
After the Daily News first reported the investigation, the rapper and actor took to Twitter and Instagram blasting Gonzalez, calling him a “Gangsta with a badge.”
A month before the roll call, Gonzalez filed an aggravated harassment complaint, claiming 50 Cent threatened him on Instagram. The rapper was commenting on a lawsuit accusing Gonzalez of shaking down the owner of the now-shuttered Sunset Park club Love and Lust, one of his favorite night spots, and wrote, “Get the strap,” a slang term for “get a gun.”
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