What to Know
- The NYPD said it was conducting an internal review into an alleged threat by a cop against rapper 50 Cent
- The police officer allegedly told other cops to "shoot him [50 Cent] on sight"
- 50 Cent, whose name is Curtis Jackson, said he took the threat seriously and was talking to a lawyer
The NYPD said Sunday it was reviewing allegations by 50 Cent that a police officer told other cops to shoot the rapper and actor on sight.
The Grammy-winner, whose given name is Curtis Jackson, tweeted that he took the threat seriously and was consulting his lawyer. Jackson called Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez a "dirty cop abusing his POWER."
"The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun," Jackson tweeted.
The NYPD told NBC 4 New York that the incident was under internal review.
The allegations stem from a report in The Daily News that Gonzalez told officers at a roll call last summer to "shoot him on sight," referring to Jackson's expected appearance at an NYPD boxing match. The report was based on an anonymous source.
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Gonzalez and Jackson apparently had an ongoing feud involving one of Jackson's favorite bars in Sunset Park, The Daily News reported. Jackson accused Gonzalez of shaking down the bar in a since-deleted Instagram post. Gonzalez filed an aggravated harassment complaint accusing Jackson of threatening him in a comment on that post. No charges were filed.