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A young gangster rapper who accidentally shot both himself and a New York Police Department officer during a tussle last week has already been freed thanks to money from a high-profile record label.
On Tuesday, Jan. 18, 16-year-old rapper Camrin Williams, aka C Blu, was among a “disorderly crowd” standing outside an apartment building in the Bronx, as reported by the New York Daily News.
When NYPD officer Kaseem Pennant approached the group with a six-person (including him) “public safety team,” Williams refused to follow orders to take his hands out of his pockets. This led to a scuffle.
During the tussle, the gun in Williams’ pocket accidentally went off, firing a single round that — amazingly — first struck him in the groin and then Pennant in the leg, according to the Daily News.
Both survived, though both needed hospital treatment:
We are extremely fortunate that our @NYPD48Pct brother was able to leave the hospital the same night he was shot while keeping New Yorkers safe. Praying for a speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/vWoq7YegTT
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) January 19, 2022
After Williams received treatment, he was charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm — and then shipped off to a juvenile detention facility but quickly freed soon after.
Bronx prosecutors tried for their part to keep him behind bars by requesting that he be held indefinitely without bail, but Williams’ attorney managed to convince the judge presiding over the case to cut him a break.
“At Williams’ arraignment [last Thursday], Bronx prosecutors asked Judge Denis Boyle that the gun-toting teenager be held without bail in the case. But Boyle set the amount at $200,000 instead,” according to the New York Post.
“Williams’ lawyer, Dawn Florio, said her client ‘has career goals’ and would not flee. Florio, who also represented rapper [Tekashi 69] last year, said Williams is a rapper who has a contract with Interscope Records.”
His “career goals” apparently involve producing “music” such as this (*Language warning):
Boyle has a track record for going soft on crime. So much so that the Post’s editorial board penned a scathing column in November warning that his leniency toward criminals was costing New Yorkers’ lives.
They cited several examples, most notably this one: “In May, he sprung reputed gang member Steven Mendez, granting him probation for participating in an armed robbery and shooting last year; prosecutors had asked for up to four years in prison. Mendez is now accused of killing college student Saikou Koma, 21, last month.”
Exactly a week after Williams was charged, he posted bail after reportedly collecting an advance on a deal that he’d recently inked with Interscope Records, the same record company behind rappers like Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent.
His release enraged the well-known and respected NYPD Police Benevolent Association union.
“If anybody wants to know why we have a crisis of violence in this city, or why we’re about to bury two hero police officers, look no further than this disgraceful bail release,” union president Patrick Lynch, a regular Fox News guest, said in a statement.
“This individual chose to carry illegal guns twice. He chose to fight with and shoot a New York City police officer. There’s no reason to believe he won’t do the exact same thing when he’s out on the street tonight. Shame on Judge Denis Boyle for allowing this to happen. The people of the Bronx won’t be safe as long as he’s on the bench.”
In a statement Thursday, a spokesperson for the state Office of Court Administration reportedly seemed to suggest that the Democrat politicians creating soft-on-crime policies are the true culprits.
“The ire that the PBA president is projecting on the judge, who is following the law, should be directed at the individuals who promulgate those laws,” the spokesperson said, according to the Post.
Former NYC police commissioner talks rampant crime, pinpoints Dem who started scourge of the city https://t.co/H1tPeeIYBS
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 25, 2022
As for Williams, the Daily News noted in its report that he “is a member of the Reyway crew, a subset of the Crips, and was arrested at age 14 on May 13, 2020 with a Taurus firearm.”
“That arrest took place near his home. He also had an amount of marijuana on him, a police source said. Cops charged him as a juvenile. In December, he was given probation, which was set to expire in May,” the paper reported.
And so he was released on bail despite not only accidentally shooting a police officer, but also doing so while on probation.
Even Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, has taken note of the case.
“This individual was just placed on probation for possession of a gun in December. In January he’s back in possession of a gun. Something is wrong with that. We are making tactical errors in preventing the law enforcement community from being able to rid our communities of guns,” he reportedly said last week.
Williams’ release for accidentally shooting a cop comes amid a time of tragedy in NYC. One officer, Jason Rivera, was killed and another, Wilbert Mora, was critically injured when they were ambushed while responding to a domestic disturbance last Friday. Mora died several days later.
The murders of Officers Jason Rivera & Wilbert Mora leave us with broken hearts, flags at half-staff, and black bands on our shields. They were great officers doing an important job — work their fellow Finest continue in their honor. Pray for them. Support them. And #NeverForget. pic.twitter.com/HCCMFDhiIo
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) January 26, 2022
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