Rapper Bobby Shmurda has filed a civil rights lawsuit against officers in the New York Police Department.
The hip-hop star, real name Ackquille Pollard, has been locked up at a New York correctional facility since December, 2014, following his arrest during a police sting operation in Manhattan.
He was charged with counts of conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and more. Pollard, who has been denied bail seven times, was set to attend court in February (16), but the trial has been postponed until next week (begs09May16) and the 21-year-old is claiming he was falsely arrested.
According to the New York Daily News, Pollard insists he was visiting a friend in June, 2014, when police officers entered the home without a search warrant.
"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," the lawsuit, filed on Friday (29Apr16) in Brooklyn Federal Court, reads.
Officers allege Pollard attempted to hide a handgun inside of a couch, but he claims the gun and drug paraphernalia seized from the apartment didn't belong to him.
The gun charge has since been dropped, but Pollard is still facing weapons possession charges in separate cases in Manhattan and the Bronx, according to the publication.
In the lawsuit, the rapper claims he has suffered permanent "nervous shock and mental anguish" because of the arrest.