Rhymefest robbed at gunpoint, criticizes CPD treatment

- A Chicago rapper said he was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning and got pushback when he went to report the crime.

Che “Rhymefest" Smith posted a video on Twitter showing a police encounter inside the third district station near 71st and Cottage Grove.

The rapper said he was inside his parked car near 44th and South Cottage Grove around 7:30am when a man jumped in his car, held a gun to his head and demanded his wallet – which he gave the suspect.

"They said - you are going to die today, I'm going to shoot your head off," said Rhymefest of the suspect.

He was not injured in the altercation and went to the police station near his home.

The Chicagoan says this is not the first time he's been a victim of violence, but it is the first time he's reported it to police.

Writing this when he shared the video on twitter “You wonder why we don't report crimes? Police treated me disgustingly."



Rhymefest said when he walked in the station he tried talking to an officer who was too busy playing a game and eating to help him. He said he then tried to talk to a sergeant who said they would not be filing a police report for him.

When he pulled out his cell phone to start recording the incident one officer said he couldn’t record them and told him to leave.

A Chicago Police spokesperson says "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. Superintendent Johnson has directed the Chief of Patrol to ensure this matter is addressed today with the district."

Rhymefest says he doesn't just want an apology he wants a sit down with the top cop.

“I want Superintendent Eddie Johnson to explain what is wrong with the culture of Chicago policing when they are too desensitized to take crime reports, that's something that happened before Laquan McDonald,” said Rhymefest, noting that an officer said they were ‘desensitized’ from so many people coming in and reporting crimes.

It took about 30 minutes, but he was able to file a police report. 

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