Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson has been shot nine times and, according to the Power producer, is in fear of being shot again after an NYPD commander reportedly threatened the rapper by telling members of his force to “shoot him on sight.”
Tuesday (February 19) 50 put up an Instagram post of a New York Daily News article about the commander’s threat with the caption,
“I’m afraid for my life, I haven’t been able to sleep since I heard of this. The cops never notified me of the threat. I’m closing all my business in New York. I may have to sue the city.”
The commanding officer of the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez, allegedly made the threat last June 7, when the “Many Men” rapper was expected to attend an NYPD sanctioned boxing match in the Bronx.
Sources tell New York Daily News that the comments were heard during a roll call inside the 72nd Precinct stationhouse where Gonzalez told his officers if they saw 50 Cent at the boxing match, known as a smoker, they should “shoot him on sight.”
Gonzalez reportedly tried to pass the comments off as a “joke,” but that doesn’t hold weight when the killing of unarmed Black lives to police is still an epidemic.
“Mayor de Blasio we have a system in place that doesn’t work without good people. This piece a shit Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez has to be dealt with. He is an embarrassment to Law Enforcement’s.”
Mayor de Blasio we have a system in place that doesn’t work with out good people. This piece a shit Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez has to be dealt with. He is a embarrassment to Law Enforcement’s. pic.twitter.com/XqA12wHD15
— 50cent (@50cent) February 17, 2019
Gonzalez, who has been with the unit for almost 30 years, made the statement one month after filing an aggravated harassment complaint against 50 Cent after the rapper left his infamous “get the strap” comment on a lawsuit first reported in the Daily News accusing Gonzalez of shaking down the owner of the Sunset Park club Love and Lust. So who can know for sure if the commander was joking or not?
A rep for 50 Cent said the Grammy winner had just heard about Gonzalez’s “shoot on sight” comment. The rep said,
“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.”
This is incredibly unfortunate — even for 50 — but more importantly, it’s continues what seems to be a strange pattern happened in hip-hop ever since Tekashi 69 was arrested on RICCO charges last year.
As many pointed out on Twitter, there’s been over 10 plus arrest in 2019, including five Atlanta artists in nine days.
While there are cases like Tekashi’s and YNW Melly’s (if he’s found guilty) that you don’t have remorse for, there are other’s like 21 Savage’s situation with ICE and now 50’s that make you raise your eyebrows.
List of rappers arrested in Atlanta in the last 9 days
— HIP HOP UPDATES (@RapAccess) February 13, 2019
A list of all the rappers that have been arrested since Tekashi 6ix9ine was charged:
• Chris Brown
• Bow Wow
• 21 Savage
• Young Nudy
• Lil Baby
• Soulja Boy
• NBA Youngboy
• YNW Melly
• YNW Bortlen
• Blocboy JB
— Jyasi Galloway (@GreensFerryAVE) February 17, 2019
Knowing 50 he’s coming back harder than ever and will zero chill; he might even get a bag after this entire ordeal.
No matter how big a troll 50 may be, armed officers who are under oath to protect and serve should no joke about abusing their power on civilians, and after their recent track record with rappers, don’t look any better after last weekend.
Gonzalez remains on active duty, officials said.