The New York Police Department allegedly forced Quinshon Shingles to rap in order to avoid arrest, and now the 27-year-old aspiring rapper is filing a lawsuit, reports ABC7.com.
Shingles, whose rap moniker is “Sauce Da Boss,” said NYPD Officer David Grieco and Detective Joseph Patton unlawfully entered his cousin’s home and handcuffed him.
Once they learned that he was a rapper, they told him to spit a few “hot” lyrics. If the lyrics were good enough, officers allegedly told Shingles, they wouldn’t take him to jail. But if they didn’t pass muster, they were taking him in.
“$30,000 in pocket that’s loose change. I throw a billion in the sky like Bruce Wayne,” Quinshon Shingles rapped.
Those lyrics set Shingles free, but the experience made him lose his “artistic creativity.”
“I felt like the old days, slavery. Like dance for the master, dance and sing for the master. It just messed me up inside,” Shingles said.
“This is about me being able to tell my story so this won’t happen to another kid. This is outrageous. This is very disrespectful,” Shingles said.
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Shingles and two friends were handcuffed for 90 minutes while cops performed their search, said the suit, which seeks unspecified damages. They apparently wanted to question a visitor to the apartment, but that man was not charged.
Shingles’ cousin Tyriek Fortune was arrested on a previous charge.
Lawyer Wale Mosaku said his client came forward after The News exclusively reported in July that Grieco and six other cops from the 75th Precinct in East New York are under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau for a host of allegations — including illegal searches of apartments and stealing jewelry and cash — dating to July 2011.
A source told The News on Tuesday that Grieco and several other cops have been questioned by the IAB and that the investigation is ongoing.
Grieco has also been named in at least 12 lawsuits in federal and state courts alleging civil rights violations, including two filed this month. The city has paid at least $114,000 to settle three of the cases, according to court records.
The NYPD has refused to comment on the lawsuit.
See ABC7 report below:
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