Teen rapper arrested during movie video shoot on the North Side – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In the rap world, the line between fantasy and reality is often blurred. Rap videos often celebrate the life of gangs, guns and drugs, and raise the question: are the actors really gangsters or are they just playing?
A trio of aspiring local rappers are accused of crossing that line.
CONTINUE READING: North Braddock mayoral candidate accused of beating mother and daughter
Police say they saw these three young men film a rap video using Glock 9mm handguns as props. And when the officers moved in, these guns were found to be real and they were arrested.
The aspiring young rappers were filming the video between buildings in the Commons Housing Community when police said they watched them pull real Glock handguns from their waistbands and hoodies.
Police continued to watch teenagers panning their guns at the camera and uttering rap lyrics. Then they said two of the suspects met another man on that stairwell and made an obvious drug sale. The police moved in and arrested all three.
Quavon McLaughlin, Demitrius Reynolds and Robert Jamison are charged with various gun and drug offenses. Police found three Glock handguns, about 100 stamp bags of suspected heroin, crack cocaine and $ 160 in cash.
CONTINUE READING: WATCH: Investigators release body camera video of traffic freeze with woman accused of kidnapping and killing Nalani Johnson
“Zone 1 did excellent enforcement work, arresting three people aged 18 and 19, each with a gun. A 9mm pistol. Three in this small group are very alarming, ”said Scott Schubert, Pittsburgh police chief.
There was something like that in other cities. Three years ago in Houston, Texas, they used suspected gang members as extras in a video by NFL rapper Cartel Bo, and it resulted in the arrest of more than a dozen suspects. And a similar raid on a rap video shoot in San Francisco in 2015 resulted in similar arrests.
This incident happened a week and a half ago in a North Side community that detectives say has become the site of an open air drug market. Police have made multiple arrests here in recent weeks to respond to complaints from residents about drug sales and shootings.
In fact, in this case, the three men were arrested just meters from the sight of the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Rasaun Taylor just a week earlier. And Chief Scott Schubert says that shows the callousness of the three.
MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Police are looking for missing 12-year-old Kirill Matveev
“To me, it shows that they don’t care. You don’t care about yourself. You don’t care about the public. They advertise it in videos, ”said Schubert.