Rapper 50 Cent allegedly threatened cop accused of shaking down local club

You can find him in the club: Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez of Sunset Park’s 72nd Precinct — who a local club owner plans to sue — filed a complaint against rapper 50 Cent, alleging that the performer harassed him in a since-deleted Instagram post defending the club, which allegedly prompted threatening comments towards Gonzalez from 50’s more than 18 million followers.
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He put his 50 cents in.

Rapper Curtis James Jackson III — also known as 50 Cent, famed for his 2003 worldwide hit “In da Club” — allegedly threatened the commanding officer of Sunset Park’s 72nd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez, in a now-deleted Instagram post after the top cop was accused of swindling a local club.

The rapper allegedly posted a photo with the caption “get the strap” — a slang catchphrase meaning something along the lines of “grab the gun” — to his more than 18 million followers at about 10 am on May 23, according to a report Gonzalez filed with the police department.

The police report alleged that the Instagram post prompted threatening comments against Gonzalez — including “f— this commander” and “blast this fool” — leaving him “annoyed, alarmed, and in fear of his safety.”

Gonzalez could not be reached for comment by press time.

The Instagram post came a day after the New York Daily News reported that a local club owner, Imran Jairam, accused Gonzalez of abusing his power by allegedly demanding frequent, unfounded, and racially motivated inspections of the 47th Street club, Love and Lust — allegedly one of Jackson’s favorite haunts — since 2014. And last fall, Gonzalez allegedly demanded Jairam supplement the club’s fundraisers for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico by handing over a generator and 11 round-trip airplane tickets — allegedly worth $80,000 — to the island, where Gonzalez volunteered after the hurricane hit, according to the report. Jairam filed a $125-million notice of claim against the city, the police department, and the State Liquor Authority detailing the claims, according to the Daily News.

A rep from the police department referred all questions to the city Law Department, whose spokesman offered no comment due to the pending litigation. A rep for the organization representing city police captains, the Captains Endowment Association, could not be reached for comment by press time.

Jackson posted a parody video about the Sunset Park club and the subsequent controversy about his comments on May 31, in which an actor says “F— Officer Emmanuel Gonzalez.”

“Every time you see NYPD tell them I said they f—— up the summer,” Jackson wrote in the caption. “LOL get the strap.”

Jackson’s rep could not be reached for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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