Rhymefest Robbed at Gunpoint, Receives Apology for Response From Police

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Che "Rhymefest" Smith attends 2015 HELP USA's Hero Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 28, 2015 in New York City.  

Rapper and songwriter Rhymefest was reportedly mugged on the South Side of Chicago Saturday morning (Aug. 27). After reporting the incident at a local police station, he claimed that police treated him “disgustingly.”

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A police report details that an unknown man jumped into Rhymefest’s parked vehicle, pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet around 7:30 a.m. near the 4300 block of South Cottage Grove Ave., according to the Chicago Tribune.

Rhymefest, whose real name is Che Smith, took to Twitter to write about what happened.

“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,” he tweeted. “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.”

“Until our communities have restorative Justice set up, you better make friends with a police officer,” he said.

“You don't know what you did! And who you did it to. I lived here on the southside because I thought it mattered. I'm reconsidering,” he continued. “You were gonna shoot me in the face for a wallet, I had the power to give you a job! I'm not even mad, I'm f---in' hurt.”

He then reached out to the suspect: “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. Give me faith that it's our desperation & not our hearts thatre dark.”

Following the harrowing experience, Rhymefest headed to a police station close to his home to file the report. He later posted a video from the station on Twitter, along with an accompanying caption claiming that police mistreated him.

“You wonder we don't report crimes? The police treated me disgustingly,” Rhymefest tweeted.

The video shows a tense exchange between him and the officers, who ask him to stop filming. "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 is heard saying in the clip.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi issued the following statement after viewing Rhymefest’s video, the Chicago Tribune reports: “We are disappointed with what we've seen and how Mr. Smith was treated, and the chief of patrol called him personally to apologize on behalf of the department. And Superintendent Johnson has directed the chief of patrol to ensure this matter is addressed today with the district."

See Rhymefest’s series of tweets below.


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