Chicago rapper Rhymefest took to Twitter after he was treated “disgustingly” at the hands of police officers while reporting a robbery.
The multiple Grammy- and Oscar-winning hip-hop artist was robbed at gunpoint near South Side when a man jumped into his parked vehicle and demanded his wallet, according to the police report of the incident.
Rhymefest complied and the robber immediately fled the scene on foot.
I'm not even mad, I'm fuckin' hurt.— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) August 27, 2016
Later, when the songwriter rushed to the nearest police station to report the crime, he was allegedly mistreated by the officers there, forcing him to film the entire exchange.
"They put a gun to my head. They demanded that I give them my wallet. I gave them my wallet. They told me they were going to shoot me," he can be heard telling officers — who are in plain view — in video that he also posted on Twitter.
At one point in the video, two officers ask Rhymefest to stop recording.
“I don't feel comfortable because I feel like I'm being treated ... when the camera goes off, you all start telling me to get out, I can't make a report,” Rhymefest can be heard saying in the background.
You wonder we don't report crimes? The police treated me disgustingly pic.twitter.com/fY9VQrqDpz— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) August 27, 2016
But it wasn’t just the cops Rhymefest criticized. He also addressed the robber, saying he was damaging the community.
To the young brother that put the gun to my head this morning & took my wallet. You don't know how you just damaged your community.— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) August 27, 2016
It's 730am. you just put a gun in my face for $3 in my wallet. I defend you against police brutality, I work on your behalf you robbed me— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) August 27, 2016
You were gonna shoot me in the face for a wallet, I had the power to give you a job!— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) August 27, 2016
The rapper asked the robber to reach out to him:
When you look in my Wallet & see the name Che Smith on the ID. DM me, yes contact me apologize and talk to me like a brother.— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) August 27, 2016
Give me faith that it's our desperation & not our hearts thatre dark. The man who robbed me I want to reach out to me If I know him tell him— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) August 27, 2016
He even wrote a song, “Cops and Robbers,” about the entire episode:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced disciplinary action against the officers involved in the incident.