'90s Rappers Stalked LAPD In A Video Staged For Their Comeback, Cops Say
A video on social media showing a person in a car brandishing a handgun behind an LAPD patrol car turned out to be part of a "comeback" attempt for a "an early 1990's rap group no longer in fashion," police said. An arrest has since been made.
The 15-second clip, which has no sound, was recently posted on Instagram, but has since been taken down, CBS Los Angeles reports. The video went viral, and a copy of it, which can see above, was posted on Twitter. In the clip, an officer gets out of his parked cruiser, and a person sitting in the passenger seat of a car parked behind him is recording the officer's movement. The recording tilts down and flashes to the person's lap, showing a handgun. The officer walks away and the video cuts off.
Well, that video put officers on high alert, and the LAPD's robber-homicide detectives investigated the authenticity of the video. They found that it wasn't a credible threat, and was for entertainment purposes for the rap group that they did not identify, according to an LAPD release.
"The film was made and posted on social media to ignite a comeback by the rap group," the statement continued.
The detectives identified the car, and the three people who were sitting in the car while the video was being filmed. "One suspect was identified who had a prior conviction for carrying a firearm," according to police. "A felony warrant for his arrest for carrying a firearm in a vehicle with a prior, accompanied by a search warrant was obtained by investigators and was executed by SWAT in the city of Downey."
NBC Los Angeles reports that a "secondary suspect" was arrested this morning. As for the primary suspect, they're negotiating with his attorney to have him surrender, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at this morning's police commission meeting. There weren't any more details about their arrests though.
PoliceOne, a police news blog, reported that the original Instagram account that posted the video was @brownsider_klever, which belongs to Brownside, a Chicano hip-hop group from South L.A. that late rapper Eazy-E founded in 1994. They've recently been promoting their group's return with a new single, "Till the Casket Drops," introducing rapper Klever as "The New Brownsider."
As for other @brownsider_klever videos on Instagram, there's this:
"It's very troubling to see this kind of activity," James McBride, Director of L.A. Police Protective League, told NBC Los Angeles in a statement. "Obviously this person is a coward. I can guarantee you if he does another stupid act like this again and actually pulls a gun in front of an LAPD officer, he will be shot."