NYPD Launches 'Rap Unit' To Monitor Crime At Rap Concerts
The NYPD has launched a “rap unit,” which is designed to target artists and monitor crime at hip hop concerts. According to Baller Alert, sources said that a team will create a list of weekly upcoming rap shows, which will be categorized based off low, medium or high risk for violence or drug-related incidents. Police will then be assigned to work the events undercover to gather information on individuals and artists they have on their watch list.
The site says that most recently, hip hop cops were planted at Remy Ma’s show at Irving Plaza in March 2018. They were spying on Rem and another member of her team, Jahmeek “Jay” Elliott. 50 Cent and Tekashi 6ix9ine are said to have been on their radar as well. Remy’s lawyer, Dawn Florio, has called out the police, saying, “My impression of the hip-hop police is they’re this shadowy, specialized unit that conducts overly aggressive investigations. They’re constantly stalking high-profile rap artists and monitoring their every move.”
NYPD spokeswoman Sergeant Jessica McRorie has defended the “rap unit”’s purpose, claiming that does not discriminate against rap. McRorie said, “The Enterprise Operations Unit focuses on venues or entertainers that have been connected with past acts of violence — regardless of musical genre. The primary goal of EOU is to anticipate, based on past incidents, where there is a significant likelihood of violence, and to take steps to prevent people from being hurt, or worse. She also said that the unite “continues to gather additional intelligence by responding to shootings and assaults that may occur at all kinds of entertainment venues.”