An NYPD precinct commander is under investigation for threatening the life of rapper 50 Cent.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez, commanding officer of the 72nd Precinct in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, allegedly issued the threat while leading the morning roll call on June 7, the date 50 Cent was expected to attend an NYPD-sanctioned boxing match in the Bronx.
According to a source, Gonzalez told officers if they saw the rapper at the match, they should “shoot him on sight.”
“The inspector just said that at roll call,” the source told the Daily News. “I’m like WTF.”
While the incident was not recorded, Gonzalez later insisted his comment was a joke. However, his remark has resulted in an internal investigation.
“The incident is under internal review,” a department spokesman said; Gonzalez will remain on active duty as the investigation progresses.
In a statement, a rep for 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) says that “Mr. Jackson takes this threat very seriously and is consulting with his legal counsel regarding his options going forward. 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.”
According to the Daily News, a month before making his comment, Gonzalez filed an aggravated harassment complaint against 50 Cent, alleging the rapper threatened him on Instagram.
50 Cent’s comments concerned a lawsuit filed against Gonzalez by the owner of the Love and Lust gentleman’s club — which is a favourite of 50 Cent — alleging that Gonzalez tried to shake him down. “Get the strap,” wrote 50 Cent, a slang term meaning “get a gun.”
In his lawsuit, Gonzalez claimed that a number of the rapper’s 18 million Instagram followers responded with threats of their own; 50 Cent subsequently deleted his post. The NYPD investigated Gonzalez’s complaint, but no charges were filed.