Rapper and actor 50 Cent said via Instagram that he feels like a marked man after learning that an NYPD commander told officers to shoot him on sight.
“I’m afraid for my life,” posted 50 Cent, whose given name is Curtis Jackson. “I haven’t been able to sleep since I heard of this. The cops never notified me of the threat. I’m closing all my business in New York. I may have to sue the city.”
The rapper’s tirade about the revelation that he was allegedly targeted began three days ago. In a series of Instagram posts, he makes several mentions of the commander – Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez – and posts snippets from New York Daily News articles that report that Gonzalez, who works out of a Brooklyn precinct, told officers at a roll call last June to “shoot him on sight” after he was expected to attend a Bronx boxing match.
“This is how I wake up this morning,” 50 posted at the time. “This guy Emanuel Gonzalez is a dirty cop abusing his power. The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun.”
Next to a photo of Gonzalez, smiling and in uniform, the rapper posted, “This Gangsta got a badge, NYPD Commanding Officer Emanuel Gonzalez.”
The situation unfolded after Gonzalez allegedly issued his order about 50 Cent and one officer who was there sent out a text to other officers about it, the Daily News reported.
The text read, “The inspector just said at roll call if you see Kurtis Jackson (sic) (aka 50Cent) shoot on site … I’m like wtf,” the News reported.
Gonzalez later said the directive was a joke, according to the paper.
The News reports that an unidentified source said eight cops and a supervisor all say they heard Gonzalez make the remark during a roll call.
An NYPD spokesman said last week that the case was under investigation, the News reported.