Last June, just before 50 Cent was scheduled to appear at an NYPD boxing match, a commanding officer allegedly told his unit to shoot the rapper "on sight." Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez—of the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park—"just said that at roll call," a source reportedly told the Daily News. "I'm like, WTF."
Because no one got footage or audio of the comment, however, Gonzalez has insisted he was only joking. An NYPD spokesperson did not say whether or not Gonzalez has been or would be suspended, but told Gothamist, "The matter is under internal review." According to the Daily News, he remains on active duty.
Although Gonzalez allegedly made the remark on June 7th, the date of the Bronx Smoker—a score-settling event where off-duty officers box one another in front of an audience—50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson) seems to have learned about the threat only recently. On Sunday, he posted a screenshot from the Daily News article to Instagram, writing: "This is how I wake up this morning. This guy Emanuel Gonzales [sic] is a dirty cop abusing his POWER. The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun." A subsequent post featured Gonzalez's police portrait, and another said that Gonzalez "is not fit to be a commanding officer."
"I take this threat very seriously and I'm consulting with my legal counsel regarding my options moving forward," he wrote in another post. "I am concerned that I was not previously advised of this threat by the NYPD. #NYnotSafe #TheGangstagotabadge"
Shortly before the roll-call in question, Gonzalez reportedly filed an aggravated harassment complaint against 50 Cent, citing the rapper's Instagram defense of one of his favorite clubs: Love & Lust in Sunset Park.
In May, Imran Jairam, Love & Lust's owner, accused Gonzalez of retaliating against him with unnecessary inspections after he refused Gonzalez's alleged requests for free plane tickets to Puerto Rico. In response to the alleged squeeze, 50 Cent wrote "get the strap," meaning gun, in a comment. 50 Cent's camp characterized the remark as offhand and "playful," just a phrase he likes to use a lot. (He once tried to trademark it.) In his complaint, though, Gonzalez said it made him "annoyed, alarmed, and ... in fear of his safety."
Now 50 feels alarm over the department's failure to notify him about the June 7th incident. On Twitter, he wrote that he's "looking at the cops different," but that his 10.2 million followers should "keep in mind there are some good people working in Law Enforcement. Like the officers that reported what [Gonzalez] said to them."