When rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested in 2014 by the NYPD during a raid, he stated he suffered “nervous shock and mental anguish.” At least that is what he is claiming in a lawsuit against the New York Police Department alleging false arrest. Shmurda, real name Ackquille Pollard, claims that he was just hanging out at a friend’s house when the NYPD knocked on the door in June 2014. According to his lawsuit, “When one of the occupants opened the door a slight bit to see who was there, Officer Douglas Corso and other police officers kicked in the door and illegally entered the residence without a search warrant .
Police then began to ransack the apartment, allegedly teasing Shmurda by chanting the words to some of his songs. During the search, police found weapons and drug paraphernalia and charged Shmurda with trying to hide a gun in his crotch, a charge which he denies. According to Pollard’s attorney Derek Sells neither the gun or drug paraphernalia belonged to him and his client was falsely arrested. Shmurda was in jail for several weeks until he posted a bail in the amount of $2 million. He is also facing unrelated weapons charges from prior incidents in Manhattan and the Bronx. Ultimately, the gun charges from the 2014 raid were dismissed by police and at this time he has not filed a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Review Board over what he calls an illegal search. It should be noted that Shmurda’s lawyer is married to Civilian Complaint Review Board executive director Mina Malik.
NYPD Officer Douglas Corso was the only cop named in the lawsuit and has a troubling past. According to court documents, Corso has been the subject of five federal civil rights lawsuits that go back as far as 2011. The NYPD has not released a statement over the false arrest lawsuit.