August 29th, 2016
Chicago-based hip hop artist Che Smith, AKA Rhymefest, has taken to Twitter to register his disgust at the way police treated him early this morning while he was trying to report being help up at gunpoint.
After being held up in his car and having his wallet taken, Smith went to Chicago’s Third Police District to report the armed robbery, but found the cops dismissive of his claims.
At this point, he started filming:
It took a half hour for the police to take the report. Smith subsequently posted his video online, along with several tweets complaining at how he was treated by both the police and the person who robbed him:
“You wonder we don’t report crimes? The police treated me disgustingly.”
“To the young brother that put the gun to my head this morning & took my wallet. You don’t know how you just damaged your community.”
This prompted a Twitter apology from the police department. Anthony Guglielmo of the CPD posted:
“@RHYMEFEST disappointing to say the least. On behalf of CPD, I apologize for how you were treated. We will be addressing this today.”
Rhymefest has previously been critical of the absolutism of the slogan “stop snitching,” saying that though “the police are… for black and brown people the enemy… they are not always the enemy.” He added that while it is easy to say “stop snitching… it’s hard to actually protect a motherfucker.”