Rappers not monitored in Miami says Police Chief

Slicksno.com -  Hip Hop NewsMiami Police Chief John Timoney has denied allegations that his police officers have rappers and hip hop artists under surveillance when in the city.

“Under no circumstances will I tolerate people going out and taking surveillance of artists who are coming to this community,” Timoney said at a press conference on March 16. “We’ve never followed rappers, we’ve never taken pictures of them at airports. We don’t allow that. The whole thing is a fraud.”

Timoney admitted that Miami police officers traveled to New York for training about the Hip Hop industry, after the deaths of the Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur. While there officers received a binder with some rappers criminal records and photos.

Sgt. Manny Tapanes was quoted in the article as saying, “a lot if not most rappers belong to some sort of gang. We keep track of their arrests and associates.”

Robert Hernandez, Miami Police spokesman, claimed that Tapanes’ words were taken out of context.

Co-author, Evelyn McDonald stood by the story, saying “Nicole [White] and I stand by our story. If the chief would like to talk to us, about how the reporting was done, we would be happy to talk with him, but obviously he was not interested in talking to us.”