gun possession case has been pushed back to October 16th
a judge ruled yesterday (June 26th). The arrest of the
high profile artist brought light to the fact that the
NYPD had developed what they called a "Rap Patrol,"
to watch rappers at their favorite hangouts.
for the delay is attributed to lawyers on both sides waiting
to see if a Grand Jury indicts Jigga on the charge. Although
Jay-Z's bodyguard was in possession of the gun, under
New York law, all occupants of the car were charged with
gun possession. Jay-Z has pleaded not guilty.
has brought attention to the NYPD and the book they are
compiling, "Crime Trends in the Rap Music Industry,"
which as of April, had information on more than 40 rappers,
including their names, nicknames and photos. The book
also states what kind of vehicle each rapper drives, what
record label the artist is on and what club they prefer
said we were targeting rappers," NYPD Sgt Brian Burke
said. "We are targeting the music industry, where
there have been a number of incidents. No one incident
Murray Richman strongly disagreed, however. "Who
are the rappers in New York? They're all African-Americans
and this is clear racial profiling with all the negative
connotations." Richman said. "It's going to create
more trouble. A person who is defined as a rapper - and
that definition will be loosely applied - will have to
concern himself wherever he goes. He will be under specific
surveillance, he can't make a move or turn around because
he will be stopped and searched - that's clearly in violation
of the constitution of the United States."