It seems like Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s security team thinks they are some sort of alternate NYPD, maybe because one of its members is a former New York City police detective. Five members of his team were just charged with robbery and criminal impersonation they chased a man filming their boss through Manhattan in an SUV, BuzzFeed reports.
The incident took place in August 2020, when they spotted a guy with a camera phone trained on Tekashi in Harlem.
They ended up chasing the guy and his girlfriend with flashing lights and sirens blaring for over twenty blocks, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., who said in a press release, “A celebrity entourage is not a police department, and Manhattan is not the Wild West.”
The former detective, Daniel Laperuta, seems to be a key player in the harassment and endangerment of the couple, who tried to flag down some actual cops. At that point, Laperuta showed them a retired NYPD Member of Service card and claimed the man had a gun. He actually just had a phone.
Then one of the other security guards opened the guy’s car door, twisting his arm so he dropped his phone, and then another stomped on it.
Some of the ensuing scuffle was caught on a not-stomped on phone:
In the video, people are yelling, “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot” and it seems Laperuta can be seen with his hand on his holster and another guard is pointing a taser at the videographer. Eventually, Laperuta called 911 and claimed again that the man had a weapon and even went into a precinct, but another officer questioned the lie and he withdrew his claim.
Tekashi 6ix9ine did not get charged with his team on Monday.