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New York Police Tried to Get Pop Smoke to Give Them Information Before His Murder

New York Police Tried to Get Pop Smoke to Give Them Information Before His Murder

The police tried to get Pop Smoke to give them information prior to his death, a new report claims.

The rapper, who was tragically murdered in a home invasion at his place in Hollywood back in February, was “hounded” by authorities to inform on gang members and reveal what he knew about a pair of Brooklyn shootings, The Post reported Sunday (August 2).

He was reportedly first grilled by a NYPD gang detective back in December after being arrested for possessing a stolen Rolls Royce Wraith, questioned about a non-fatal shooting earlier in the summer where he was allegedly seen driving a car in reverse near the scene of the crime.

“Any conversation with Pop about cooperation was a very short one. It’s something he would never entertain doing,” his lawyer Peter Frankel said.

“Jackson was hit with six state charges, including criminal possession of stolen property, on Dec. 4 for allegedly having the car, according to a now-sealed criminal complaint obtained by The Post. But when he refused to cooperate, he was suddenly also slapped with a federal charge in January 2020 — a move Frankel said was likely to put pressure on the rapper to flip,” the outlet reported.

“They hoped the force of the federal indictment would persuade him to cooperate — meet and speak with them. It’s not uncommon for the federal government to become involved in an investigation when they believe that doing so will help them in a way a state court prosecution may not be able to do,” his lawyer added.

He was arrested by the FBI at JFK Airport after returning from Europe, and the same detective reportedly grilled him about the 823 Crips and another shooting in New York.

The detective “wanted information about another non-fatal shooting on Jan. 4 outside of Jouvay nightclub in Jamaica, Queens. He again refused to cooperate.” He was released on bond and agreed to stay away from known gang members and submit drug tests.

In a memo from his federal case in February, U.S. pretrial services sought to block him from performing at the BK Drip Concert later that month, as they were reportedly notified that several performers were identified gang members.

“Just three days after he was slated to perform, Jackson was gunned down in an apparent home-invasion robbery at a luxury rental home where he was staying in the Hollywood Hills.Four people were charged with the slaying in July, and investigators believe they robbed the home after seeing social media posts about where the rapper was staying,” The Post reported.

His posthumous record, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, recently came out and had a huge opening…

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