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New York City police 'tried to get Pop Smoke to rat out members of the Crips gang' just months before the Brooklyn rapper was shot dead during a robbery

New York City police reportedly tried to get Pop Smoke to rat out members of the Crips gang just months before he was shot dead during a robbery at a luxury rental in Los Angeles. 
The star was killed in a suspected home invasion at a Hollywood Hills home he had rented by a group of masked men at around 4.30am on February 19. 
According to the New York Post, police questioned the 20-year-old rapper about the 823 Crips, a subset of the Crips street gang, and two shootings after he was arrested in December 2019 for allegedly stealing a Rolls Royce Wraith.
During questioning, police asked Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Jackson, about a shooting that occurred in Canarsie in June 2019. 
At the time, investigators claimed they had video of Jackson driving a car in reverse near the scene.  

Pop Smoke during the Paris Fashion Week on January 15
The rapper is seen performing in August 2019
New York City police reportedly tried to get Pop Smoke (left and right)  to rat out members of the Crips gang just months before he was shot dead during a robbery at a luxury rental in Los Angeles
The rapper was killed three days after he was scheduled to perform in Brooklyn. He canceled his February 16 show after he was ordered to stay away from known gang members after his second arrest in January
The rapper was killed three days after he was scheduled to perform in Brooklyn. He canceled his February 16 show after he was ordered to stay away from known gang members after his second arrest in January 
Pop Smoke was shot at this house in the Hollywood Hills, which is owned by a Real Housewives star
Pop Smoke was shot at this house in the Hollywood Hills, which is owned by a Real Housewives star
It was also during that interview that police asked him to provide information on Brooklyn's 823 Crips, but his lawyer said Jackson refused to cooperate. 
Jackson's attorney Peter Frankel told the Post: 'Any conversation with Pop about cooperation was a very short one. It’s something he would never entertain doing.'
The rapper was initially charged with criminal possession of stolen property, but after his refusal to cooperate, authorities hit him with a federal charge of interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle. 
'They hoped the force of the federal indictment would persuade him to cooperate — meet and speak with them,' Frankel said. 
Sources told the Post that Jackson was questioned once again after he was arrested in January at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.
This time he was questioned about a shooting that had occurred on January 4 with additional questioning about the 823 Crips. 
He once again refused to cooperate and was released on a $250,000 bond. 
Jackson also agreed to pull out of the BK Drip Concert that was scheduled for February 16 in Flatbush, Brooklyn and stay away from known gang members. 
According to the Post, several rappers scheduled to perform that night had been identified as Crips, including Specifically, 8 Trey Cowboy Crip, 90’s G-Stone Crip, Slattery Boys and Vice Lords.
Jackson was killed just three days after he was scheduled to perform in Brooklyn.  
Earlier this month two men and two teenagers were charged with killing the rapper on February 19. 
The rapper was considered a rising star and his death shocked the music world
The rapper was considered a rising star and his death shocked the music world


Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, were both charged with murder by Los Angeles County district attorney.
The charges carried the special circumstance allegation that the murder occurred during the commission of a robbery and a burglary, making them eligible for the death penalty, according to the announcement. 
Additionally, two male juveniles, ages 17 and 15, were each charged with one count of murder and robbery in juvenile court.
Walker and Rodgers face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. 
A decision on whether to seek capital punishment will be made at a later date.
Jackson was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on February 19 when police responded to a call on Hercules Drive in the Mount Olympus area of the Hollywood Hills. 
He died later at a hospital.
Police said the assailants did not know Jackson, but got his address from photos the rapper posted on social media.
The rapper suffered his fatal injuries at a rental property owned by Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, star of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. 
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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