50 Cent Says There Can Be "Gray Areas" When It Comes To Police Killing Citizens
(AllHipHop News) As the protest against the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and others at the hands of police officers continue throughout the country, more celebrities are offering their opinions on the current state of affairs.
LeBron James and other NBA players made headlines when they wore "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts before recent games, and entertainers like Stevie Wonder, Azealia Banks, and Killer Mike have weighed in on the subject as well.
The latest famous name to join the public conversation concerning the police's relationship with the community is rapper 50 Cent. The G-Unit boss spoke with the New York Daily News about the respective grand juries' decision not to indict the officers that killed Brown and Garner.
“I think it’s interesting the timing of everything that’s happening,” said 50. “I’ve stayed pretty quiet about how I felt about it personally, because I don’t have all the information in those situations. I’ve had people make decisions about me without knowing how I felt about things. It’s not really fair to say it if you don’t know.”
50 was raised in Queens, New York where he eventually participated in selling drugs. He has had several run-ins with the law throughout his life, and those experiences have apparently shaped the 39-year-old mogul's view on situations involving cops.
“I grew up in an environment where a lot of people, I know for a fact, have criminal intentions, so it would raise a defense on one end and raises the aggression level on the other at the same time, so you see there’s a balance,” added 50. “There’s right and wrong, a lot of times you look at things and you kind of see things in a gray area.”