Up-and-coming rapper Bobby Shmurda pled not guilty to charges of conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession on Wednesday, after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall, where Police found him with two handguns and some crack cocaine in a car that he happened to be riding in.
Shmurda, also known as Ackquille Pollard, is being held on $2 million bail. His attorney, Howard Greenberg, couldn’t convince a judge that Shmurda should be released without bail, further saying that “he was framed and had no reason to run.”
“He is a legitimate entertainer. He is rich. He is busy. He is always on tour,” Greenberg said.
Greenberg claimed that Epic Records (who Shmurda is signed to) agreed to help put up the bail, although a label spokesman declined to comment.
An indictment naming Shmurda includes charges with more than 15 other defendants for a variety of crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. The gang’s gun play left one rival dead, injured an innocent bystander sitting on a chair outside a Brooklyn home, and caused mayhem outside a nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida, authorities said.
21 guns were seized during a police investigation.
Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said at a news conference, that these events carry some “deeply disturbing themes: the gang members’ enthrallment with guns, and a cavalier disregard for human life.”
[Sounds familiar to me, Prosecutor].
NYPD head, James Essig, who made the arrests said the artist’s songs and videos were like a real-life document of what he was really doing on the street.
The court papers make additional gun-related allegations about Shmurda going back to earlier this year. They also say he was present last year during a confrontation between rival drug gangs outside a Brooklyn courthouse where shots were fired.
In evidence are several recorded phone conversations, including some between Shmurda and gang members serving time on Rikers Island. The gang used code words and referred to firearms as “tone,” ”socks” or “CDs,” and narcotics as “crills,” and shootings as “sun tans,” the indictment says.
Shmurda recently told New York magazine, “My music is straight facts. There are a lot of gangsters in my ‘hood.”
If convicted, Shmurda faces a maximum prison sentence of 8 to 25 years.