Following Wednesday’s shooting that occurred during a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza in Manhattan, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton blames the shooting on rappers as “thugs” who “celebrate violence.”
In a radio interview with WCBS 880, Bratton says that because rappers use violence in their music, “that violence often times manifests itself during their performances.”
“It’s unfortunate. You’d like to think that with all the wealth that comes from the fame, that they’ll be able to turn their lives around but they continue hanging out with the same people they hung out with when they came out of that world of desperation, poverty, and crime.”
Bratton continued his negative outlook towards rappers on WOR Radio, calling them “clowns” and “knuckleheads,” relating the shooting to the “gangster rap lifestyle.”
Reports have confirmed the one person dead following the shooting as Troy Ave’s B$B affiliate Banga. Troy Ave was one of two other victims shot; he suffered a gunshot to the leg.
Police have yet to identify the shooter.