A teen rapper accused of shooting an NYPD officer had all charges dropped Friday as the city’s soft-on-crime policies continue to reward violent offenders.
Camrin Williams, a 16-year-old who performs under the name C Blu, was arrested in January after allegedly shooing 27-year-old officer Kaseem Pennant in the leg. Williams had posted the $250,000 bail set by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Denis Boyle after receiving an advance on a recording contract with Interscope Records.
Williams was serving probation for a previous gun possession charge from May 2020 when he was only 14 and so, a week after posting bail, he faced a hearing in juvenile court for probation violation. Now, in what is being called an “absurd decision,” all charges related to the shooting are being dropped.
The NYC Law Department offered no details on the reason for the charges being dropped stating, “Pursuant to Family Court Law, the case is now sealed and we are unable to say more about the matter.”
All they could offer was an acknowledgment that possession of illegal weapons is wrong, “Just because the city cannot prosecute doesn’t mean this individual should have been carrying an illegal weapon – a weapon which contributed to both him and an officer being shot.”
A member of the Reywey Crew, a branch of the Crips, Williams was reportedly at the scene when officers arrived to disburse a disorderly crowd. The teen failed to abide by officers’ instructions and his weapon was allegedly fired during a scuffle with police, according to The New York Post. While the incident occurred prior to Mayor Eric Adams (D) launching the anti-gun unit, a renewed version of the previously disbanded anti-crime unit, this kind of extreme leniency has appeared to remain the norm despite public displays of cracking down on similar threats.
In April, it was reported that 11 of 12 defendants arrested by the “Neighborhood Safety Teams” since their launch had been released after posting bail or with no bail required. As such, NYPD Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch wondered what was the point of going after the illegal guns in the first place.
“This absurd decision should outrage every New Yorker who wants to get illegal guns off our streets,” Lynch said in a statement. “There is no dispute that this individual was caught carrying an illegal gun for the second time. If perps like this face absolutely no consequences, even after shooting a cop, we have to ask: why bother sending us out to get the guns at all?”
Thug accused of killing young father after he’s let loose by lenient NY judge with record of ‘injustice’ https://t.co/rx4cdbH9Lc pic.twitter.com/2MWGRbv1Cy
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Though it is unclear if Justice Boyle was connected to the decision to dismiss all charges brought against Williams, he has a history of leniency toward violent offenders and is another major factor in hampering the efforts of the NYPD to make the city safer for its residents. Boyle has reduced bail or removed it altogether, even in cases involving murder and manslaughter.
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