Last Wednesday,December 17th, Bobby Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, was arrested outside of Quad Recording Studios near Times Square, the same place where Tupac Shakur was infamously shot five times in 1994.
The arrests made during the sting that night (15 in total) were the culmination of a nearly two-year investigation of East Flatbush crew GS9 by the NYPD’s Brooklyn South Violence Reduction Task Force, along with the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Narcotics Gang Unit.
Pollard now faces 8 to 25 years in prison if found guilty of five charges on eight counts, including conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault. His attorney, Howard Greenberg, originally said that Pollard’s record label, Epic, would pay his two million dollar bail. Over a week later, that has yet to happen, meaning the “Hot Boy” rapper spent his holiday at Rikers Island.
In an interview with Fader Greenberg shares
The government hates rap and the government hates rappers. They construct a narrative and add rationalizations to make it seem true. They recruit guiltless and loveless people to whom truth is meaningless and convince them to say what they want to say. These people are jealous of a brother on the way up.
So far, the prosecutors in this case have listed two social media posts in an indictment against GS9 which names Pollard and 12 other defendants. Given how police have started relying on social media to prove young New Yorkers guilty of gang activity, some of the squads’ internet boasting may come back to haunt them.
“My guy’s rich, he’s busy. He’s always on tour,” says Greenberg. “He’s supposedly leader of this crew, but he’s not charged with any violence. Use your head, it doesn’t make any sense. I’m not going to let them crucify Bobby Shmurda.”