This bullshit needs to stop
Busta is feeling heat
Grand jury could force rapper to break silence
BY JESS WISLOSKI and ROBERT F. MOORE
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Fed-up police and prosecutors are threatening to haul rapper Busta Rhymes before a grand jury to force him to start talking about the murder of his bodyguard.
The investigation into the shooting death of Israel Ramirez at a Brooklyn video shoot has been stymied by the silence of witnesses, including the hip-hop star.
"Nobody has come forward," a frustrated Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said yesterday.
"No one has volunteered any information, even though there were possibly 50 people at the scene of this homicide."
The NYPD had already contacted Rhymes' attorney, seeking information from the rapper, who reportedly was only a few feet from Ramirez, 29, when he was gunned down Feb. 5.
But he has refused to cooperate, so now police are plotting a much more aggressive move.
They plan to sit down with Brooklyn prosecutors this week to explore the possibility of impaneling an investigative grand jury, Kelly said.
Ramirez's friends and family have urged Rhymes to assist the NYPD with the probe into the death of the father of three, to no avail.
"There's an incredible stigma associated with cooperating with the police," said Chuck (Jigsaw) Creekmur, co-founder of allhiphop.com.
Creekmur said the taboo has its roots in the "mob mentality" and has been cemented by the hip-hop community's distrust of law enforcement.
"It has grown into an outright code of silence," he said. And if Rhymes were to break it, "a certain segment of the population would see him as a snitch."
"We encourage Busta Rhymes to come forward," said the Rev. Ken Bogan, a member of the anti-violence group. "This code of silence has to be broken."
These guys are not criminals, they're supposed to be musicians. The whole hip hop culture is degnerating into exploitation and corruption, and no matter how many times you see Scarface, it is no way to live.
Mr. Rhymes seems to worry about his personal safety despite the fact that this man died for him. Personal honor would demand he stand up for the family and end this bullshit of stop snitching.
The rich are always insulated from their acts until they face the reality of what is done in their name. How fuckintg stupid can you be to shoot at a video shoot.And how cowardly can you be not to stick up for a man who died to save you.
posted by Steve @ 6:00:00 PM