May 26, 2016


NYPD Commissioner: ‘Rap Artists Who Are Basically Thugs’ Caused T.I. Concert Shooting

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Bill Bratton, the New York Police Department Commissioner, has sounded off about the shooting that occurred at a T.I. concert at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza on Wednesday night. Bratton effectively blamed “so-called rap artists who are basically thugs” for inciting violence.

Here’s Bratton’s statement, given during a radio interview with WCBS 880 this morning:

“The crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they live all their lives and, unfortunately, that violence often manifests itself during the performances and that’s exactly what happened last evening.”

Four people were shot at the T.I. concert, with the gunfire beginning inside Irving Plaza at 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday night. One victim fatally wounded, while rapper Troy Ave is recovering from a bullet to the leg at a local hospital.

There are no suspects at this time, but Bratton said, “We feel we’ll wrap [the investigation] up very quickly.”